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Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon

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If there’s one thing the Hunter does well, it’s Semillon. Young or old, this is a white variety that offers so much thanks to its fruit flavours and acid profile. We love the Hell Hole but would not want to live there, it relates to the ridiculously hot summers in the Hunter where the temperature becomes quite ‘hellish.’

Intensely citrus nose precedes a predominance of lemon on the palate supported by a defined acid backbone. If you love Semillon fresh and lemony, drink now, if you like it honeyed and complex, lay it down for five years.

Winemaker's Notes

The name Pokolbin as legend has it, is derived from the early Hungarian migrant settlers to the area and means ’hot as hell’ or ’hell hole’, referring to the hot, dry and sometimes inhospitable summers that regularly reach 45º C.

The 2011 defied all of the predictions and went on to be a fantastic Hunter vintage after all of the late rain in 2010. January and February were warm and dry which allowed a hassle free harvest.

Tasting Note: Pale-coloured; lime zest, lemon sherbet, bordering on tropical aromas on the nose. The palate is flavoursome with focused lime and lemon fruit sitting above the clean acidity.

Food: Fresh seafood.

Cellaring: Medium—Long term. 10+ years.

expert reviews about

Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
It is as distinguished as it is fine and delicate; its balance and length are exemplary. Lemongrass and herb are threaded through the acidity which guarantees a long life ahead.
To 2031
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Very light aromas, neutral for a six year old with just a flicker of apple honey. Youthful with no citrus and honey. The finish is citrus lemon acid and subtle. Drink now as a fresh style. Great colour in 2013 for the age.
2017
Rob Geddes MW
86
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Concentrated aromas here in this powerful semillon borne out of hot 'hell hole' country, slang for the dry Hunter Valley. The nose is all rich, creamy concentrated lemon and lime citrus with a zesty appeal. In the mouth it moves into lemon and grapefruit territory, adding some handy weight through the back and a sherbet-like tingling acid finish. Excellent!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
For once vintage rain did not force early picking, and the '09 semillons (this wine included) have an unusually intense citrus (lime and lemon) framework, which offers great drinking now without threatening a sure-fire, 10-year future, thanks to the acidity and the screwcap.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A pristine lemon and grass expression here, really bright and effusive savoury citrus notes. The palate brings some crisp green lemon and faint tropical fruits in the background, fine acidity, super fresh and tidy through the finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Typical young semillon, the bouquet locked up, but the wine springs to life on the palate, with grainy, zesty lemon-accented fruit. The future is assured.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Clever winemaking; a touch of sweetness balanced by acidity; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A spotless bouquet, then a super-precise and focused palate offering intense mineral, herb and lemon flavours; very long finish; 150 dozen made. Rhys Eather is a big man (all dimensions) and doesn't enjoy extreme vintage-time heat.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95

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