2016 ’Hell Hole’ Shiraz

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: The name Pokolbin as legend has it, is derived from the early Hungarian migrant settlers to the area. ‘Pokol’ directly translates to ‘Hell’, and ‘ben’ to ‘in’. An undeniable reference to the hot, dry and sometimes inhospitable summers that regularly top 45º C during Pokolbin summers.

Fruit source: Old-vine Shiraz from the 1960’s planted ’Homestead’ vineyard owned by the Kindred family. ’Homestead’ is situated at the western end of Palmers Lane in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: The hand picked fruit was fermented in two tonne open vats and then transferred into French oak hogsheads of which 30% were new.

Maturation: After 16 months oak maturation, the wine was then bottled with minimum filtration.

Winemaker’s comments: With far too much rainfall in 2015 to release a ‘Hell Hole’ Shiraz, or ‘Terracotta’ and ‘Alexander Munro’ for that matter, 2016 was a welcome relief. Not a completely trouble free vintage, but more typical and quite manageable. The old-vines again
proving their worth.

Tasting note: A bright crimson in colour; strong aroma of ripe blackberries, plums and mocha. The palate is a little more than medium—bodied in richness, but in perfect balance and the tannins and acid are in harmony.

Cellaring estimate: Medium to long term. 20+ years.

Suggested food match: Beef based cuisine or aged hard cheese.

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