This wine is named after three pioneer women of the Hunter Valley, who established the initial homestead on ‘Meerea’ in the 1830’s. The three women were referred to by the family as the ‘Aunts’. The establishment of the homestead coincided with the planting of the first Shiraz in the Hunter Valley.
The third consecutive drought vintage, 2019 followed on from the magnificent 2018 vintage. Severely reduced yields are made up for by the outstanding quality.
This single vineyard wine is made from fruit off the low yielding, old-vine Kindred family ‘Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin, the block used for ‘The Aunts’ was planted in 1973.
The handpicked Shiraz grapes were fermented in open vats and then transferred into 100% French Hogsheads. 40% of the oak was new. After 16 months, with regular racking, the wine was bottled un-fined and with minimal filtration.
A deep crimson colour. The nose has deep forest fruit aromas, mocha and dark chocolate; coupled with balanced French oak notes. The palate is on the upper side of medium-bodied, and has incredible drive on the palate.