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 Howard family’s ‘Somerset’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
Fermentation: The handpicked fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled under screwcap in 2011.
Maturation: No oak or cellar maturation was undertaken.
Winemaker’s comments: The 2011 defied all of the predictions and went on to be a fantastic Hunter vintage after all of the late rain in 2010. January and February were warm and dry which allowed a hassle free harvest.
Tasting note: Pale-coloured; lime zest, lemon sherbet, bordering on tropical aromas on the nose. The palate is flavoursome with focused lime and lemon fruit sitting above the clean acidity.
Cellaring estimate: Medium—Long term. 10+ years.
Suggested food match: Fresh seafood.
“The grapes come from the distinguished Howard’s Somerset Vineyard; it is as distinguished as it is fine and delicate; its balance and length exemplary. The flavours of lemongrass and herb are threaded through the acidity which guarantees a long life ahead.”
94 / 100
James Halliday – 2014 Wine Companion