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David Hook

Cnr. Broke Rd/Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin, 2320

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (02) 4998 7121

David Hook is a winemaker with lengthy stints at Tyrells and Lake’s Folly. David and his family established the Pothana Vineyard at Belford in the lower Hunter Valley back in 1984.

It is located on the Belford Dome (a geological structure with red clay soils overlaying limestone - great for reds; and interspersed with sandy loams ­ more suited for whites).

The wines from the Pothana Vineyard make up the premium Old Vine label. The varieties used include: Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Viognier, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Barbera.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

David Hook Old Vines Pothana Vineyard Belford Semillon 2016

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, 30 year old vines, plumpish but penetrating lemongrass, cut hay and melon with a touch of dried herbs, brief lees contact, zesty lemon peel acidity and chalky phenolics (****)

David Hook Old Vines Pothana Vineyard Semillon 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, Trophy for Best Semillon at NSW Small Winemakers Show 2011, pale lime-green colour, crisp and tightly wound lime rind, cut grass and lemon grass with some dried herbs on the mid-palate and lees nuances, long with vibrant citric acidity and chalky phenolics (****1/2)

David Hook Old Vines Pothana Vineyard Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, perfumed, earthy and medium bodied blackberry and blueberry with savoury meat, white pepper and leather notes, persistent chalky tannins with cocoa/cinnamon/cedar oak and firm but pliant tannins (***1/2)

David Hook Pothana Vineyard Old Vines Semillon 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, Trophy at NSW Small Winemakers Show for Best 2010-11 Semillon, pale lime-green colour, aromatic and textured lime rind, cut grass, minerals and lemon grass with some green apple and dried herb on the mid-palate, long with tightly wound citric acidic for the long haul (****1/2)

David Hook The Gorge Barbera 2007

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Gold Medal at Hunter Valley Wine Show 2009, some Orange region input lifts the cool climate aspects, savoury and medium bodied with mulberry, red cherry and prune with a touch of leather, tangy acidity and chewy, dusty tannins, solid varietal expression although I would have liked to have seen a bit less of sweet oak which hopefully will settle down with more bottle age (****)

David Hook The Gorge Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, medium bodied, the entry is full of ripe and juicy black cherry, blackberry and mulberry fruit with white pepper and anise notes, the mid-palate is more savoury, earthy and infused with dusty tannins, the mid-palate features will come more to the fore with bottle age, plenty of coffee-chocolate-vanilla oak aspects on the finish (***1/2)

David Hook Viognier 2007

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, perfumed nose, spicy pear and apricot with ginger and musk notes, avoids excessive oiliness or phenolics, soft chalky orange rind acidity (***)

David Hook Pinot Grigio 2008

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, fairly delicate pear with some melon and tangerine sweetness, soft chalky stonefruit acids, the overall impression is fairly dilute, unobtrusive summer afternoon quaffing (**1/2)