Region: Hunter Valley
Background: The name Pokolbin as legend has it, is derived from the early Hungarian migrant settlers to the area. ‘Pokol’ directly translates to ‘Hell’, and ‘ben’ to ‘in’. An undeniable reference to the hot, dry and sometimes inhospitable summers that regularly top 45º C during Pokolbin summers.
Fruit source: Old-vine Shiraz from the 1960’s planted ’Leonard Estate’ vineyard owned by Mike Worthington was again the fruit source for the 2014 vintage. The ‘Leonard Estate’ is situated at the western end of Palmers Lane in Pokolbin.
Fermentation: The hand picked fruit was fermented in two tonne open vats and then transferred into French oak hogsheads of which 40% were new.
Maturation: After 16 months oak maturation, the wine was then bottled with minimum filtration.
Winemaker’s comments: 2014 is being acclaimed as the best Hunter Valley (red) vintage in 50 years with references back to the legendary 1965 wines. It is certainly the best we have seen across all levels since 1991.
Tasting note: A bright crimson in colour; aromas of blueberries and blackberries with a mild aromatic lift. The medium—bodied palate is flavour rich and has perfect balance, seamless tannins and great persistence on the palate. One of our best.
Cellaring estimate: Medium to long term. 20+ years.
Suggested food match: Beef based cuisine or aged hard cheeses to finish a meal.