Tempus Two Wines

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Tempus Two’s roots are firmly planted in one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Hunter Valley, and one of Australia’s best known wine families, the McGuigan family. Our award winning, architecturally designed Cellar Door is set among the rolling green vineyards of Pokolbin, in the heart of the Hunter Valley and reflects the Tempus Two spirit to blend the essence of tradition with the magic of innovation. Launched in 1998 as Hermitage Road, the street on which the McGuigan family lived, it soon came to the attention of the French appellation body, which took issue with the use of the word ‘Hermitage’, a protected wine region in the Rhone Valley. And so, Tempus Two, which is Latin for ‘second time’ was born. Today, the vision for Tempus Two remains; to create a unique and distinctive range of wines from Australia’s premier wine growing regions. By blending substance with style, Tempus Two creates wines that are affordable, luxurious and artisan showcasing familiar and new varietals in innovative, eye catching packaging.

Location Description

Located in Hunter Valley.

Features

  • An award winning winery!

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Winemaker

Andrew Duff

Having grown up in Maitland with parents that were lovers of Hunter Valley wines, winemaking was a natural choice for Andrew, and one that he embraced even as a child. No matter whether he wanted to be a fireman one week or a watchmaker the next, just like his father, the sentence always ended with; ‘and own a vineyard when I grow up’.

His first venture in the wine industry was work experience during vintage with Reynolds Yarraman Winery, Wybong Estate at just 15 years of age. From then on, his passion quickly flourished.

Following a move to New Zealand in 1997, Andrew completed college and went on to study Wine Science at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke’s Bay. During his study, he worked vintages every year at various wineries in New Zealand and Australia to further evolve his knowledge of the great grape including Tyrrell’s in the Hunter Valley and Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

In 2008, Andrew moved back to Australia and shortly afterwards, took up a position as Assistant Winemaker at Tempus Two. His admiration for the McGuigan family and love of the brand drew him to the role, which he relished. Later that year, he followed former Tempus Two winemaker, Liz Jackson, to First Creek also working stints at other leading Hunter Valley wineries including Tower Estate and Poole’s Rock.

When the role of Winemaker came up at Tempus Two, Andrew leapt at the chance.

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THE HUNTER VALLEY

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most famous wine regions only two hours north of Sydney. It comprised the Lower and Upper Hunter areas which are linked by the Hunter River. Both areas have a similar climate of high temperatures over summer and rainfall occurring between January and April. The Hunter is well-known for its award winning semillons and chardonnays and has truly become one of New South Wales finest holiday destinations.

Varietals sourced from this region:

Copper Wilde Chardonnay, Pewter Semillon, Varietal Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Varietal Verdelho

COONAWARRA

Coonawarra, with a heat degree summation of 1430, was the first cool-climate viticultural region to gain national prominence. Due to the limited maritime influence, the wineries are cold, wet and windy and throughout much of the growing season and the night-time temperatures are likewise low. Coonawarra boasts the most celebrated vineyard soil in Australia, commonly known as terra rossa a distinctive, albeit thin, band of at times vivid red soil overlying a bed of soft limestone. The colour comes from iron impurities in the limestone which have oxidised and become red-brown.

Varietals sourced from this region:

Copper Cabernet Merlot, Pewter Cabernet

GRIFFITH

This region is known variously as the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, Griffith and the Riverina. Growing 55 percent of varietal grapes in New South Wales and 15 percent of the total grape production within Australia, the Riverina is a very important region. As a producer of specialist wine grapes, its wine style of international importance is Botrytised Semillon. The climate is hot and dry with winter dominant rainfall, although slightly cooler than the South Australian Riverland and Victorian Murray Darling regions. Deriving in part from ancient streambeds, the sandy loam soils are variable in colour and structure, ranging from red sandy earths to brown clay loams.

Varietals sourced from this region:

Pewter Botrytis Semillon

BAROSSA VALLEY

Located only one hour north of Adelaide the Barossa Valley is one of Australia's most famous and well-known wine regions. With rolling hills and beautiful valleys the climate makes perfect big soulful reds. Age-old eucalyptus cover hillsides, occasionally standing sentry in the middle of a vineyard. Gnarled old vines run in erratic rows, younger plantings more military in their precision. In winter, yellow soursobs carpet the rows between the bare vines; in summer the vines provide a verdant green contrast to golden paddocks; sunset suffuses the valley in a warm glow, turning to purple as the sun sets.

Varietals sourced from this region:

Copper Cabernet Merlot, Pewter Shiraz, Varietal Sauvignon Blanc

MCLAREN VALE

On the beautiful Fleurieu peninsula, McLaren Vale is a region nestled between stunning beaches and rolling hills. It has been producing wine since 1841 and many of the wines today come from 100-year old vines. The region has a Mediterranean climate with warm sunny days and fresh seas breezes. It has good winter rainfall to ensure consistency of ripening and premium quality fruit.

Varietals sourced from this region:

Copper Cabernet Merlot

LIMESTONE COAST

The Limestone Coast region stretches in the northwest from the intersection of the coastline of the south east of South Australia and a point in the northwest corner of the County of Caldwell. The region’s wine areas consist of Pathaway to the north, Robe and Mount Benson on the north west coast, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully in the centre and Mount Gambier to the South. The Limestone Coast wine zone is the largest producer of the premium wine in Australia.

Varietals sourced from this region:

Varietal Blanc de Blanc, Varietal Cabernet Merlot, Varietal Shiraz

ADELAIDE HILLS

A beautiful region with a rolling tapestry of green hills, gumtrees, vineyards and orchards. The Adelaide Hills combines cool climate, high altitude, clean air and ancient soils to produce grapes of pure, unforgettable flavour and fresh, natural acidity. Renowned as the best region in Australia to produce sauvignon blanc.

Varietals sourced from this region:

Copper Sauvignon Blanc, Copper Tempranillo, Copper Wilde Chardonnay, Pewter Pinot Gris, Pewter Sparkling, Varietal Chardonnay, Varietal Sauvignon Blanc, Varietal Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Awards

http://www.tempustwo.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Tempus-Two-Awards-Presenter.pdf

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Hours

Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address

McDonalds Rd
Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320
Australia

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