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 fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled under screwcap in September 2013.
Maturation: No oak or cellar maturation was undertaken.
Winemaker’s comments: 2013 was a great Hunter vintage overall with more than favourable weather at the business end of the year. Semillon did especially well due to cloud cover keeping temperatures down and the damaging sun at bay.
Tasting note: Pale-coloured with a green tinge; lemon grass and lemon sherbet with a hint of tropical aromas on the nose. The palate is intensely flavoured with a great acid line giving it focus.
Cellaring estimate: Medium—Long term. 10+ years.
Suggested food match: Fresh seafood.
What the experts say:
“Old vine semillon from the Kindred Vineyard has produced an extremely intense and finely chiselled palate, with minerally acidity appearing through to the long finish and aftertaste. Absolutely certain to outlive me by several decades.”
Rated : 94 Points
James Halliday – 2015 Wine Companion
“Old vine Semillon from the Kindred Vineyard has produced an extremely intense and finely chiselled palate, with minerally acidity appearing through to the long finish and aftertaste. Absolutely certain to outlive me by several decades”.
James Halliday – Wine Companion Magazine – June/July 2014.