Who is John Wallace?
Meet the man behind the name…
The name John Wallace may not sound familiar to those in the winemaking industry. However, the man behind the name has been helping to produce some of the Hunter Valley’s best wines for the past 15 years; Scarborough Wines, Thomas Wines, Hunter’s Dream Estate, and Bimbadgen Estate, to name a few.
The man is Richard Done.
He is a well-known face of the Hunter Valley, a respected colleague in the local winemaking industry, Husband to Beth, and Dad to Florence, Stella, and Tilly the labrador. He is an experienced and skilled winemaker with a Master’s degree in Wine Science and Viticulture. But why use an alias? Well, having spent a lifetime of correcting others mispronouncing his surname (think Ken Done, not Dunn, and definitely not Dunny!), Richard decided to honour his grandfathers, John and Wallace, when it came to naming his winemaking business.
The launch of John Wallace Wines allows Richard the opportunity to make his mark on the world of wines. He hopes to offer wine lovers a renewed romanticism, to make wine relevant and enjoyable again so it may resonate across generations.
Richard knows that the quality of his wines will speak for themselves - what really matters is the people you choose to have a drink with and the memories that will be created.
lifted aromatics of sea-spray, green apple, pear, oyster shell and lime pith
light and clean on the palate with a marriage of lemon, lime and grapefruit citrus focus with pear providing some width and vermentino's varietal salinity/saltinessmaking this wine 9uench the very thirst it creates
60% VERMENTINO 40% SEMILLON
vermentino dominating while allowing semillon to provide focus on the finish culminating in a mouthwatering crunch
highest scoring white blend at 2022
hunter valley wine show
hunter valley 2022 vintage 12% alc
named after local winemaker Richard Done's grandmother Margaret, affectionately known as 'maggie'
lifted aromatics of peach and grapefruit with flinty notes riding a ripple of spiced vanilla
ripe stonefruits up front softened by a curl of butter with elegant leanness on the mid-palate which remains clean and
focussed to the finish
grapefruit highlights the frame of citrus
mingling with warm cinnamon spice, nutty
nuances and subtle oak support
fermentation initiated on wild yeast malolactic ferment only suggestive 9 months in french oak 25% new
a modern style chardonnay tipping the hat to traditional complexities
hunter valley 2022 vintage 12.2% alc
an ode to all the 'sisters' in the family including winemaker Richard Done and his wife Beth's two daugter's on the label, Florence and Stella
lifted aromatics of candied peach with hints ofstrawberry and pink grapefruit
fluorescent pastel pink
dry with peachy notes dominated by a frame of pinkgrapefruit with blood orange sherbert dancing on thepalate before a crunch of refreshing acitdity
4 hours on skins sitting calmly in the press for minimal colour extraction
hunter valley 2022 vintage 12% alc
a versatile, pretty and festive sparkling that functions as a perfect starter, middle, or end to any occasion
lifted aromatics of rose petal, red cherries and turkish delight
medium weight plushness on the palate with opulent red berry and cherry fruit with a central drive of raspberry down the centre leading to a finish balanced more by refreshing acidity instead of textural or tannic resistance
only 3 months in an aged 2500L french oak barrel making this a 'nouveau' style shiraz with minimal oak intervention,low tannin/grip and maximum 'smashability'!
the ultimate summer red and pure pulp fiction in its unconventionality
hunter valley 2022 vintage 14% alc
named after localwinemaker Richard Done's
affectionately known as 'juju'
lifted aromatics of red and blue fruits, black cherry and violet
medium bodied and satin-smooth with a juicy red-blue fruit and black cherry complexity book-endedby a raspberry drive from start to finish, subtle leather and spice nuance supported by the silkiest of tannins
9 months in french oak 25% new
a classic hunter shiraz to enjoy now
although cellaring rewarded
hunter valley 2021 vintage 13.2% alc
named after local winemaker Richard Done's parents, Barry and Prue, made with the pride, respect and attention to detail that bestows a winemaker and son dedicating his flagship wine