‘Indie’ Shiraz Marsanne

‘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.

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2014-Indie-Shiraz-MarsanneRegion: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: ‘Indie’ is the label where we release wines that are not what you would say ‘mainstream’ for the Hunter Valley.

Fruit Source: Shiraz and Marsanne, both from the Kindred family’s, ‘Lochleven’ Estate on the corner of Deasys and McDonalds Roads in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: Fruit from both blocks were hand-picked and then co-fermented in open vats and plunged twice daily. The ratio is 90% Shiraz and 10% Marsanne.

Maturation: Maturation was for 18 months in 33% new French oak Puncheons. The other 67% of the oak was 1 & 2 year-old Puncheons.

Winemaker’s comments: This is the first time we have co-fermented Marsanne with Shiraz and it has worked very well. Not the first of its kind in Australia, but a very rare blend never the less.

Tasting note: The addition of the Marsanne has added a slight lift of spice to the dark berry aromas. The palate is powerful with rich blue fruits, the effect on the palate of the Marsanne is purely textural. A well balanced wine with well judged acid, fruit and oak riding on a long palate.

Cellaring estimate: medium term (10+ years).

Suggested food match: Game meats including Duck.

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