'Hell Hole' Semillon

'Hell Hole' Semillon

2019 Semillon
Hunter Valley, NSW

Single vineyard Semillon released in current year.

$30 each

Australian Wine Review
Australian Wine Review
93 / 100
August 2020

Wine Details

Region

Hunter Valley

Vintage

2019

Type

White Wine

Variety

Semillon

Volume

750mL

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.

Vineyard Notes

The wine is made from fruit harvested off a 46 year-old Semillon block on the Kindred family’s ‘Lochleven Estate’ vineyard in Pokolbin.

Winemaking

43.5 degrees was the peak vintage temperature recorded on Australia day in 2019. The ‘Lochleven’ Semillon was harvested on 1st February which avoided the brunt of the heat. 2019 is looking a better Semillon year than 2018. Great fruit/acid balance.

Tasting Notes

A pale straw colour, the nose has Semillon typicity of lemon/lime citrus aromas. The palate is tight and linear with balanced acidity supporting the clean citrus fruit. A fresh mouthfeel with excellent length of flavour.

Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential

Long term. 15+ years.

Food Matches

Fresh seafood.

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