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.
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’ were planted in 1973.
2017 was a great vintage to oversee. A hot and dry growing season after a wet winter and budburst meant good clean fruit to work with. The very hot harvest conditions in February slashed yields in the last few weeks that meant up to 50% less than normal yields.
Deep crimson in colour and aromas of assorted black and red berry fruits. The medium bodied palate is lush with dark berries and balanced with judicious oak use. A fine acid structure supports the silky, sumptuous finish.