I first came across David Hook wines on a Hunter Valley trip many years ago. The wines were all in top shape and the service provided by Gai that day was first class. She's a mighty host and I recommend you pop in a see her.
The fruit for the wines predominantly come from Belford which is on the northern side of the Hunter Valley.
This Hunter Valley Merlot (12% abv) comes from the Black Creek vineyard. It jumps from the glass, it's nose is bright and inviting. The fruit is an impressive dark purple. Oak is obvious but not the star. Some acid present and palate is full. The acid softened the longer it sat. I did like the warmth this wine exudes, probably as it complimented the food well too. Good grippy tannins makes you yearn for more. Only short term cellaring for this one.
A tidy piece of work from a tidy Hunter operator.