2015 ‘Indie’ Shiraz Pinot

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: 2010 was the inaugural release of the ’indie’ label as a trial wine for Meerea Park. Shiraz and Pinot have been used in the Hunter Valley for decades by some of its top producers, but there is now a resurgence in the blend with many labels again available.

Fruit Source: Shiraz and Pinot Noir, 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 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir.

Maturation: Maturation was for 17 months in 50% new French oak Puncheons. The other 50% oak was 1—3 years old Puncheons.

Winemaker’s comments: 2015 was a tricky vintage in Pokolbin. Mid-vintage rains caused issues in all but the best managed vineyards. The old-vines on ‘Lochleven’ proved their worth and produced good quality grapes, where many didn’t.

Tasting note: This wine has a lovely crimson colour with fragrances of red berries and strawberries. The palate is medium-bodied, supple and nicely balanced. Tannins and oak play a minor role.

Cellaring estimate: Medium term (up to 10 years).

Suggested food match: Game meats including Duck.

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