Region: Hunter Valley
Background:This wine is named after three pioneer women of the Hunter Valley, who established the initial homestead on ‘Meerea’ in the 1830’s. The three women were referred to by the family as the ‘Aunts’. The establishment of the homestead coincided with the planting of the first Shiraz in the Hunter Valley.
Fruit source: This single vineyard wine is made from fruit off the low yielding, old-vine Kindred family ‘Homestead’ vineyard in Pokolbin, the block used for ‘The Aunts’ were planted in 1965.
Fermentation: The handpicked Shiraz grapes were fermented in open vats and then transferred into 100% French Hogsheads. 35% of the oak was new.
Maturation: After 20 months, with regular racking, the wine was bottled under screwcap.
Winemaker’s comments: With no red wines made from the 2012 Hunter Valley vintage 2013 was eagerly awaited and although the yields were small, the quality was very good to excellent. Nearly on par with wines of the 2011 vintage and will also age very well.
Tasting note:A mid crimson hue in colour, the nose has dark berry fruit aromas and black olive overtones. Subtle French oak spiciness from the larger format Hogsheads assists in balancing the lovely fruit. A medium—bodied palate with rich berry fruit power, well integrated tannins and good length of flavour.
Cellaring: Medium to long term.
Suggested food match: Lamb and Veal meat dishes.