Richard, what is your winemaking ethos?
I like to allow the vineyard to speak and show it’s true character. Minimal intervention and quality fruit allow this purity of the product and exceptional wines. Essentially at Bimbadgen, I want to excite our patrons with food friendly, fruit-driven wines, that speak of the vineyard they have originated from.
What is happening in the winery at the moment?
We will be bottling our 2017 Shiraz in June, which has incredibly exciting potential. Our 2018 whites have also been bottled and we are looking forward to releasing them shortly.
What 2018 white varieties can our patrons expect to taste in our Cellar Door and Esca in the coming months?
Our 2018 Semillon is a little more generous but still has a purity and elegance. We are also excited to release three alternate white varieties – Fiano, Vermentino and Rose Tempranillo. Of course, favourites like the Verdelho will be back on the tasting list soon too, after selling out of the 2017 vintage earlier in the year.
How is the vineyard looking coming into Winter?
It was a very intense harvest in January with all our premium fruit picked in six weeks. Warm Autumn weather has meant pruning has been pushed back, and the vines holding onto leaf longer and sap still running. Dormancy will be here very soon.
If you got the chance, who would you want to open a bottle of wine with and what would it be?
Bob Marley and a bottle of our Bimbadgen 2017 Signature Shiraz.
With our new Executive Chef Nick Samaras on board, we’ve launched our Winter menu. Reflecting a symbiosis between Hunter Valley produce and our wines, the Winter menu will excite and delight our guests. From Rosemary Crusted Kangaroo Carpaccio to ‘All about the Beets’, or the Smoked Chocolate Mousse, Esca continues to maintain a strong focus on local and seasonal produce.
Esca Bimbadgen invites you to experience the latest range of flavours from our seasonal a la carte menu for a special price.
Relax in the wonderful surrounds of Esca Bimbadgen restaurant and enjoy lunch from 12pm Monday to Friday.Book Today
Featuring popular dishes from the Winter Menu, we invite you to experience our exclusive Winemakers Long Lunch. Bimbadgen Winemaker Richard and Executive Chef Nick will host a four-course lunch with matching Bimbadgen wines on Friday 29th June.More Information
Get cosy by the Fireplace at Bimbadgen Palmers Lane this winter!
Whether you are looking to make the most of winery hopping in the Hunter Valley or unwind and enjoy your time by the fireplace, Bimbadgen Palmers Lane is the perfect spot for you.
Book your winter escape at the Guesthouse and receive 20% off and a complimentary bottle of Bimbadgen Hunter Valley Shiraz.
*Not in conjunction with any other offer.
*2-night minimum stay.
* Valid dates 01 July 2018 – 31 August 2018.
Embrace the frosty weather with a mid-winter festive feast celebrating Christmas in July with your family and friends.
Indulge in a two or three-course set menu, featuring Executive Chef Nick Samaras’ mouth-watering twist on classic Christmas dishes.
Take your experience to the next level, and enjoy this menu with matching Bimbadgen wines, chosen by Winemaker Richard Done.
2 cups sugar
8 cups pl. flour
2 gr salt
960 gr butter
100g mixed herbs and flowers
Suggested Wine Match – Bimbadgen 2015 Botrytis Semillon
1. Combine butter, sugar and mix for 1 minute or low.
2. Add flour, salt and mix for 3 to 5 minutes until it comes together.
3. Cut into desired shapes, placed herbs and flowers and freeze.
4. Straight from the freezer, bake for 50 minutes at 125°c
5. Allow cooling on oven rack.
6. Enjoy with a glass of 2015 Botrytis Semillon and the company of your friends and family!
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