Region: Hunter Valley
Background: The name Pokolbin as legend has it, is derived from the early Hungarian migrant settlers to the area and means ‘hot as hell’ or ‘hell hole’, referring to the hot, dry and sometimes inhospitable summers that regularly reach 45º C.
Fruit source: The wine is made from fruit harvested off a 40 year-old Semillon block on the Kindred family’s ‘Lochleven Estate’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
Fermentation: The handpicked grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks under temperature control.
Maturation: No oak or cellar maturation was undertaken. Winemaker’s comments: So many winemakers use the term, but 2016 will be referred to as a ‘classic’ Semillon vintage for the Hunter
Valley. Excellent flavours but finely structured wines that will inevitably cellar for many many years.
Tasting note: Very pale to light straw in colour, the nose is citrus dominant, with lemon scents and lime zest. The palate has a linear focus based on superfine acidity supporting citrus fruits. A zesty mouthfeel with great persistence of flavour.
Cellaring estimate: Long term. 15+ years.
Suggested food match: Grilled fish.