Meerea Park seemed lost in the wilderness for a bit there, with inconsistent wines a signal of internal challenges. The Eather boys have righted the ship with these ’18 vintage releases though. The Hell Hole name is a nod to the weather of a Hunter Valley summer – f*cking hot and humid (well over 40C in Pokolbin today).
This Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon 2018 comes from the Lochleven Vineyard and made classically (so cool ferment, neutral yeast and bottled early). Warm year generosity and ripe fruit length is the message here. Proper acidity though. A whisper of green pea, but it’s but a careless whisper. Otherwise more typical lanolin and green apple in a riper mode, the first toast of bottle age sneaking in, but it doesn’t feel like it’s in the dreaded Semillon development hole. Did I mention that I like warm year Sem? Great length seals the deal. Maybe not superstar definition. Will look great in 5+ years as well.
Best drinking: I’d hold. I think 2024 onwards. 18/20, 93/100. 11.5%, $27. Would I buy it? A bloody bargain at that price.