The ‘Terracotta’ wines get their name from the soils on which the fruit is grown. These red basalt/clay soils are renowned for their low fertility thus reducing the yield of the vine and increasing fruit concentration.
A small parcel of Semillon was harvested early from a high block on the Kindred’s ‘Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
The fruit was hand picked and fermented in stainless steel tanks.
There was no oak maturation with bottling taking place in July 2013 under screwcap. This wine was cellar matured for 4 years prior to release in early March 2017.
2013 was a warm dry Hunter Valley vintage after the very wet 2012. Vines were very low yielding, but in return produced amazingly flavoured fruit.
The nose, while still quite primary and citrus like, has started to exhibit some light toastiness and complexity. There is a slight change in colour, but still has a pale straw hue. The palate is mineraly, tight and focused with citrus zest flavours.