Who is Bob?

Professor Robert Lusby (AM), to give him his full title, was a pioneering vascular surgeon based at Sydney University and Concord Hospital, Sydney. In the early nineties he and his family purchased a property on Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley (Tintilla Estate) and set about producing wines in homage to the Europeans, especially the Tuscans and Burgundians, who had shown the way to integrate family, wine and food.

Now “retired”, Bob, pursues his passion for wine and food living full time in the Hunter Valley. Bob’s passion for wine is not only in the making and drinking of it, but also in the history of how Australian Wines and in particular the Hunter Valley Wines came to be and continue to be some of the best wines in the world. Bob’s Blog tells that story. 

A Potted History of Around Hermitage

Around Hermitage in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley There are many areas within the wine regions of the world that have unique characteristics that contribute to their regions. The Around Hermitage precinct of the Pokolbin sub-region in the Hunter has developed in such a manner. Other precincts include the Parish of Pokolbin, Central Pokolbin, and Lovedale. This…

Sandakan Death March

Address by Emeritus Professor Robert Lusby AM, Chair National Centre for Veterans Health care Working Party Sandakan Memorial Burwood Sunday 4th August 2019 When asked to speak at this ceremony in memory of the infamous Sandakan Death March, the words of a song sung by  Roy Orbison came to mind There won’t be many coming…

Terroir: it’s about people too

I often think the patchwork nature, small holdings, and landscape of the Pokolbin and Broke Fordwich wine subregions is similar to Burgundy. Indeed there is a move afoot to get Heritage recognition for some of the old vineyards that have survived and, given that we are a phylloxera free area, these vines are unique growing…

There’s a lot more to Merlot

At a recent family celebration, I opened a bottle of Grand Cru Classe wine bought in Saint Emilion back in 1979! It was a Tertre Daugay 1964 and to our great surprise, it was still a very sound wine with those wonderful characteristics of an aged Merlot. Now you probably haven’t heard of this wine…