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Small Winemakers Centre

Silkman Wines

Liz & Shaun Silkman kicked off Silkman Wines in 2013 and what an amazing few years it has been. There can’t be many brands that take on every other winery is Australia in their second year and come out on top. In 2015 the Silkman Reserve Chardonnay did just that, beating 600 other wines from all over Australia to win the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge.


They were also named as one of the 10 Best New Wineries in Australia, they won best Semillon at the 2014 NSW Wine Awards, Top Gold at the Hunter Valley Wine Show for their 2014 Reserve Shiraz and countless other medals around the country. Shaun was nominated as Rising Star of the Year at the 2016 Hunter Legends Awards and Liz was awarded 2016 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year (for the second time). Liz was also dux of the Len Evans Tutorial. 


Yet Silkman Wines is not even their day job. Both Liz and Shaun work at First Creek Wines; Liz as Chief Winemaker making wine for nearly 30 brands and Shaun as Chief Operating Officer another incredibly demanding job. They also have two young girls which does make you wonder when they sleep.


But it is easy to see the dedication and attention to detail in their wines; every wine is made from carefully selected fruit and the quantity of each wine will be dictated by quality rather than demand.  


The Silkman ethos is to deliver a range of wines that showcase the unique characteristics of both the Hunter Valley and individual vineyards.


“The wines so far released have been of outstanding quality” James Halliday


“Liz Silkman is quickly establishing herself as one of the best winemakers in Australia” United Cellars


“Silkman, from the Hunter Valley, blew me away when I tried its wines earlier this year” Campbell Mattinson