Region: Hunter Valley
Background: The XYZ brand wines constitute modern styles of the Hunter staples of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines.
Fruit source: Fruit for this wine is from two mature Shiraz vineyards located in Pokolbin.
Fermentation: Both parcels of the shiraz were crushed and then fermented in open vats with daily plunging and pumping over.
Maturation: 20 months in French oak Hogshead (300 litre) and Puncheons (500 litre), 20% of which was new.
2011 was an exceptional Hunter Valley vintage, particularly for Shiraz. The months of January through March were very dry and warm, perfect conditions for Shiraz.
Tasting notes: A deep crimson colour in the glass with purple tinges and heady aromatics. The palate, evidenced by the 13.5% alcohol, is medium-bodied but packs in plenty of varietal red and dark berries with a hint of chocolate. The French oak is subtle and the tannins are fine and soft.
Cellaring estimate: Medium term.
Suggested food match: Beef, lamb and cheeses.
What the experts say:
“A new generation Hunter Valley shiraz indeed. It comes from a single vineyard in the Pokolbin area, with whole bunch fermentation and maturation in larger format French puncheons and hogsheads. The opulently juicy black fruit flavours are totally seductive, and the balance and length will win applause from the objective taster.”
James Halliday – 2015 Wine Companion