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. 45% of the oak was new.
Maturation: After 16 months, with regular racking, the wine was bottled under screwcap.
Winemaker’s comments: An amazing vintage to work with. Everything went to plan in 2014 with even ripening, great yields and a warm and dry harvest period. Believe all the hype about the 2014 Hunter Shiraz vintage!
Tasting notes: Vibrant purplish red in colour with a deep brooding nose of dark berry fruit aromas. Hints of chocolate and mocha also appear on the palate which is medium to full—bodied. Tannins are perfectly ripe and are in balance with the lovely fruit. Lots of power with a great length of flavour.
Cellaring estimate: Medium to long term.
Suggested food match: Lamb and Veal meat dishes.