2018 ‘Hell Hole’ Semillon

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 45  year-old Semillon block on the Kindred family’s ‘Lochleven Estate’ vineyard in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: The handpicked grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks under temperature control.

Maturation: No oak or cellar maturation was undertaken.

Winemaker’s comments: 2018 followed on from where 2017 left off with very warm and dry vintage weather. The top temperature was 41 degrees, but there were a lot of days above 35 degrees with relentless heat. Very small crops led to very high quality grapes. The quality of 2018 is as good as if not better than 2014.

Tasting note: A pale nearly clear colour, the nose is citrus dominant, but has lifted tropical fruit overtones. The palate is tight and focused based on superfine acidity supporting the clean citrus fruits. A zesty mouthfeel with great persistence of flavour.

Cellaring estimate: Long term. 15+ years.

Suggested food match: Fresh seafood.


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