Processing started with 3-4 day cold soaking, then a 4-5 day ferment at 26-28C. The vineyard is on loam soil and gives a more floral character than those in red soils. The oak regime for this wine is 100% French, no new oak.
The ‘7 Acre Block’ was planted in 1968 to Shiraz sourced from old Hunter vineyards. It is one of four blocks from that year in the
In recent years harvest has been in full swing by the second week of January, however not so for 2016. Wet and cloudy conditions meant later ripening on most varieties. The Hunter Valley went back to its typical dry winter with no significant rain recorded between the 23rd May and 24th August 2015. Major rainfall wasn’t received until the first 2 weeks of December (121mm) but accompanied a hailstorm on the 10th. This basically cut a swath right through the middle of Pokolbin with the south of Mount View and north of Deasy’s Road escaping.
Another storm went through a week later bringing the months total up to 181mm and the yearly rainfall to 1051mm, well above the
average of 720mm. January saw records set for rainfall with
Brokenwood recording 338mm and then the tap was turned off. Like 1990, the rain ceased once February began, which helped the Shiraz immensely. With the dry weather, the colour and flavour bounced back within 10 days. Handpicking this fruit has resulted in fine,