Region: Hunter Valley
Background: The name Pokolbin as legend has it, is derived from the early Hungarian migrant settlers to the area and means ’hot as hell’ or ’hell hole’, referring to the hot, dry and sometimes inhospitable summers that regularly reach 45º C.
Fruit source: The wine is made from fruit harvested off a 40 year-old Semillon block on the Howard family’s ‘Somerset’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
Fermentation: The handpicked fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled under screwcap in 2010.
Maturation: No oak or cellar maturation was undertaken.
Winemaker’s comments: The 2010 vintage began the same as 2009 with warm dry weather in January. There was rain in February after all of the white varieties were harvested and only affected Shiraz fruit that was late ripening.
Tasting note: Pale-coloured; lime zest and lemon sherbet on the nose. The palate is fine with focused lime and lemon fruit sitting above the clean acidity.
Cellaring estimate: Medium—Long term. 10 years.
Suggested food match: Fresh seafood.