Region: Hunter Valley
Background: This wine is named after three pioneer women of the Hunter Valley, who established the initial homestead on ‘Meerea’ in the 1830’s. The three women were referred to by the family as the ‘Aunts’. The establishment of the homestead coincided with the planting of the first Shiraz in the Hunter Valley.
Fruit source: This single vineyard wine is made from fruit off the low yielding, old-vine Kindred family ‘Homestead’ vineyard in Pokolbin, the block used for ‘The Aunts’ were planted in 1965.
Fermentation: The handpicked Shiraz grapes were fermented in open vats and then transferred into 100% French Hogsheads. 30% of the oak was new.
Maturation: After 18 months, with regular racking, the wine was bottled under screwcap.
Winemaker’s comments: 2016 was a welcome relief after the ‘difficult’ 2015 vintage. Conditions were cool and there was sporadic wet spells, but enough dry weather to get clean, ripe fruit harvested. Most 2016 Hunter Shiraz will fit into the medium-bodied category, but this is what the Hunter does best.
Tasting note: Bright garnet red in colour and aromas of assorted red berries. The palate is medium weighted, balanced with a fine acid structure that supports the silky persistent finish.
Cellaring: Medium term.
Suggested food match: Lamb and Veal meat dishes.