• intouch magazine | #04 | september 2015

Mediterranean Flavours at Pokolbin Estate

Great wines are being made on the sun-kissed isles of southern Europe and wine lovers and experts alike are fast discovering just how fantastic wines from countries like Italy and Spain truly are.

For that unique taste of the Mediterranean then Pokolbin Estate is just the place to go to.

Located on McDonalds Rd in Pokolbin, Pokolbin Estate Vineyard is one of the smallest boutique estates in the Hunter Valley where their exclusive wines are hand-made and created from grapes grown on their Pokolbin Estate and Belebula Vineyards.

With a freakish competition record, Pokolbin Estate have a reputation for producing outstanding wines - particularly with their Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz. They have also had a great deal of success with their three Mediterranean style red wines - the premium Spanish variety Tempranillo and the Italian varieties that include Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. All three varieties are grown on their Belebula Vineyard.

The Belebula Tempranillo - a grape that is native to northern Spain, is medium bodied, deep burgundy in colour with dry soft red berry and plum fruit driven flvours on the palate.

Sangiovese is perhaps Italy’s best known grape variety and the popular Belebula Sangiovese does not disappoint. This is an elegant, fruit driven style of wine that has a plethora of berry fruit and a touch of pepper and spice.

The third wine making up the trio is the tantalising and intensely aromatic Nebbiolo who's very name is evocative of its home among the misty foothills of the western Alps. The Belebula Nebbiolo is light to medium brick red in colour with an aroma of tar and rose petals. Its savoury and aromatic characters are unusual and can be compared to Pinot Noir.

All three wines are available at their 1889 circa sandstone cellar door in Pokolbin.

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