Hunter Valley, NSW
An individual vineyard, old-vine Shiraz matured in French Oak from the 'Lochleven' Vineyard in Pokolbin.
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.
Old-vine Shiraz from the 1970’s planted ’Lochleven’ vineyard owned by the Kindred family. ’Lochleven’ is situated on the corner of McDonalds and Deasys Roads in Pokolbin.
The hand picked fruit was fermented in two tonne open vats and then transferred into French oak hogsheads of which 40% were new. After 16 months oak maturation, the wine was then bottled with minimum filtration and no fining. The third hot and very dry vintage in a row, 2019 was similar to the great 2017 and 2018 vintages. Highly reduced fruit set led to highly reduced crops. As normal with these types of vintages, quality of grapes harvested was outstanding.
A deep crimson red colour, there is blackberries and blueberries on the nose, surrounded by spicy French oak and aniseed notes. The palate is medium to full bodied with dark fruits and dark chocolate flavours. Great balance and length of flavour. 183 dozen made.
Long term. 20+ years.
Suggested food match: Beef based cuisine or aged hard cheese. Vegan Friendly.