Processing started with 3-4 day cold soaking and then a 4-5 day ferment at 24-26C. The vineyard is on heavy clay, similar to the Graveyard Vineyard but the southerly aspect gives a more floral character. The oak regime for this wine is 100% French oak puncheon, with no new oak.
The Verona Vineyard is across the road from the Graveyard
Vineyard and has been under Brokenwood’s care for the past 17 years. First planted in 1968 on gentle south facing slope, with subsequent plantings in 2002, the original cuttings are from old vineyards in the region.
This is the eighth bottling of Verona as a Single Vineyard wine.
For Hunter Valley grape growers, pre-vintage discussion is all about the weather. 2021 saw a complete turnaround from the previous four dry years in the Hunter, with a firm La Nina cycle making for a wet season.
Pokolbin had reached its annual rainfall by the end of October and we ended up receiving 1030mm for 2020. It is difficult to recall a year where we have been closer to the edge of disaster in the Hunter
Valley, with the prospect of not picking either whites or reds becoming a real possibility with a few more wet days in late December.
Thankfully the sun came out and the last of the Verona Vineyard was picked on the 22nd of February, resulting in fine, fragrant Shiraz.
Osso bucco, steak, lamb and cheese.
Drinking very well now but will age over the medium term.