'Hell Hole' Semillon

'Hell Hole' Semillon

2018 Semillon
Hunter Valley, NSW

A single vineyard Semillon with the fruit coming from a mature vineyard.

From $27 per bottle

Wine Details

Region
Hunter Valley
Vintage
2018
Type
White Wine
Variety
Semillon
Volume
750mL
Alcohol Volume
12%
Closure
Screw Cap
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 45 year-old Semillon block on the Kindred family’s ‘Lochleven Estate’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
Winemaking
The handpicked grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks under temperature control. No oak or cellar maturation was undertaken. 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 Notes
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.
Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
Long term. 15+ years.
Food Matches
Fresh seafood.

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