Region: Hunter Valley
Background: ‘Indie’ is a label used for non mainstream or ‘out there’ varieties and blends from the Hunter Valley. Marsanne and Roussanne both originate and flourish in France’s Rhone Valley but do exceptionally well in the Hunter as well.
Fruit Source: Both the Marsanne and Roussanne are grown on the Kindred family’s, ‘Lochleven’ Estate on Palmers Lane. The Roussanne a more recent addition.
Fermentation: Both varieties were hand harvested then fermented separately in French oak Hogsheads, 20% was new. The blend is 75% Marsanne and 25% Roussanne.
Maturation: Both parcels were kept separate and blended after 10 months of maturation.
Winemaker’s comments: 2015 has finished up a very good Hunter vintage for white varieties, despite the difficulties encountered during vintage with excess rainfall. The cool and overcast conditions helped by slowing ripening and reducing sunburn, sometimes experienced in scorching hot vintages. The wines have great profiles acid keeping them tight and focused.
Tasting note: A very aromatic wine with tropical nuances, sitting above quince, honeydew melon and peach aromas. The palate is fruit driven but with great weight but kept fresh and lively by fine balanced acidity.
Cellaring estimate: Medium term (8+ years).
Suggested food match: Full flavoured seafood.