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 Kindred family’s ‘Lochleven Estate’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
Fermentation: The handpicked fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled under screwcap in September 2014.
Maturation: No oak or cellar maturation was undertaken.
Winemaker’s comments: 2014 was an exceptional Hunter vintage overall, being referred to as the ’vintage of the century’. Semillon did especially well as always and the wines are all full flavoured and have terrific natural acid balance.
Tasting note: Pale-coloured with a green tinge; lemon grass and lemon sherbet with a hint of tropical aromas on the nose. The palate is intensely flavoured with a great acid line giving it focus.
Cellaring estimate: Medium—Long term. 10+ years.
Suggested food match: Fresh seafood.
What the experts say:
““From 40yo vines on the Lochleven Vineyard. A rich and generous wine, reflecting the vintage and the consequent alcohol – a luxury for Semillon makers wishing to determine when they wish to pick, not forced by rain, actual or imminent. This is full of sweet lemon juice nicely tempered by crisp acidity”
94 Points. James Halliday – Wine Companion Magazine – June/July 2015.
From 40yo vines on the Lochleven Vineyard. Rich and generous, reflecting the vintage – a luxury for semillon makers wishing to determine when they wish to pick, not forced by rain, actual or imminent. This is full of sweet lemon juice nicely tempered by crisp acidity.
Rated 94. James Halliday – 2016 Australian Wine Companion