Region: Hunter Valley
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.