2015 ’Hell Hole’ Semillon

2015 Hell Hole Semillon - FSRegion: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 10.5%

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 2015.

Maturation: No oak or cellar maturation was undertaken.

Winemaker’s comments: Vintage showers and rain made 2015 more difficult than the previous trouble free 2014. That being said, Lochleven ripened right on time and avoided the worst of the wet weather. The 2015 Semillons are in a more ‘typical’ style with light colour, racy acidity and wonderful flavour.

Tasting note: Very pale-coloured with crystal clarity; lemon zest and lime juice aromas play on both the nose and palate, the later which is full flavoured belying the light colour. The acidity is in balance with the fruit and tasting ends in a mouth-watering finish.

Cellaring estimate: Medium—Long term. 10+ years.

Suggested food match: Fresh seafood.

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