Fortified Wines

fortified wines of pokolbin estate

The fortification of wine was first introduced to ensure the wine survived the rigours of being transported by ship. Made by blending different grape varieties and vintages, fortified wines are ‘still’ wines which have been ‘fortified’ with a distilled spirit, usually brandy. During fermentation about half way through fermentation Brandy or a similar spirit is added to the wine to fortify it. Fortified wine is higher in alcohol generally around 17%-18% than normal standard wines. Some of the most common fortified wines are Port, Marsala, Madeira, Sherry, Moscatel de Setúbal and Vermouth. Fortified wine is a type of wine which is viscous and delicious and is often enjoyed before or after dinner.

This addition of distilled spirit also enhances its natural flavour. Even though, over time, a lot of different methods of preservation of wine have been developed, fortification is still used because it retains the distinct flavour of the wine. Fortified wines are of two varieties – Dry and Sweet. If the spirit is added to a wine after the fermentation process, it is considered a dry fortified wine. On the other hand, if the spirit is added to a wine before fermentation, it produces a sweet fortified wine. The dryness or sweetness of the wine depends on the time the spirit is added to the wine. Even though the common notion is that alcohol is injurious to your health, fortified wines have certain health benefits.

Rich in antioxidants: The high number of antioxidants present are powerful compounds that help protect our cells from damage, and also from other chronic diseases.

Keeps the heart strong: Some research suggests that moderate wine intake may benefit heart health.

Reduces depression: Many studies have indicated that wine can help in improving mental and brain health by reducing the risks of depression and stress.

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Food Pairing

When it comes to enjoying your glass of wine, the food serves as one of the most intimate parts of the whole experience. Food pairing refers to the intricate relationship between the wine you are drinking and the food you are eating. A lot of different types of nuts, cheese, fruit tarts, and cream- or chocolate-based desserts can be enjoyed with fortified wine. In fact, fortified wine is known to be a dessert wine, as well as an aperitif wine. So, what are you waiting for? Look for it when your next in the Hunter Valley and find out what exactly tickles your taste buds the most when taken with your wine.

Hunter Valley Wine, Australia

Being one of the most famous wine regions in all of Australia, the Hunter Valley Wine region has played a very important part in the history of Australian Wine. It was the first region dedicated to wine, with vines planted early part of the 19th century. Semillon is considered to be the most iconic wine from this region.

The climate of this place plays a pivotal role in making this valley heaven for wine lovers across the globe. Just like the rest of Australia, Hunter Valley is considered to have a Mediterranean climate. This region gets its maritime climate from the Pacific Ocean. The mountains in the north and west of Hunter Valley pull the cool breezes of the ocean into the area, which makes it an ideal place for the production of premium-quality grapes. Without these cool winds, producing grapes of such high quality would not be possible.

Hunter Valley plays a very important role in the local economy as it is the reason for the recent boom in the travel and tourism industry in this region. People from all across the world come to the Hunter Valley to be a part of wine-tasting events or enjoy the natural beauty of the valley while having a glass of premium wine.

However, if you are a wine lover, but are unable to take out time from your busy schedule to come down to Hunter Valley and taste the best fortified wines, you can place an order with Pokolbin Estate and rest assured your wine will reach you in no time. With a large variety of wines, Pokolbin Estate offers its customers only the best. Be it red, white, rose, or fortified wine you can find exactly what your taste buds desire.

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Pokolbin Estate offers the following fortified wines:

2006 Vintage Port: A classic port wine.

2009 Vintage Port: A classic port wine. Slightly dryer than the 2006 Vintage.

2016 Neil’s Autumn Harvest Riesling: The Autumn Harvest Riesling does not follow the use of the traditional botrytis, but is rather left to burn on its own to self-sweeten. Its limited sweetness and thin consistency give it a distinct taste.

George’s Tawny: A 39-year-old fortified wine, George’s Tawny wine has a smooth tawny colour. It has an alcohol content of 18.5% and is famous for its amazing rich taste, with complex caramel, brandy, and raisin characteristics.

Liqueur Muscat: The Reserve Liqueur Muscat is known for its rich taste. Muscat is a fortified wine made in Australia from the Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge (known locally as Brown Muscat). The wine is sweet, dark, highly alcoholic Australian wine that has some similarities to Madeira and Malaga. The combination of flavours and aromas leaves the taster in a state of complete ecstasy.

Riesling Solera: Best enjoyed with apple tart, crepes, and vanilla ice cream, the Riesling Solera is a mid/dry wine. The addition of brandy to the combination of various Riesling vintages makes this a wine described as ‘delightfully fortified’.

Starboard Shiraz: Adding a slight addition of brandy to rich ripe Shiraz grapes, the Starboard Shiraz is enjoyed best with cheese, or a rich chocolate-based dessert.

Although fortified wines are produced in many different places, the fortified wines produced in the Hunter Valley region of Australia are incomparable.

Privacy Policy

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard Pty Ltd
298 McDonalds Road Pokolbin,
NSW 2320, Australia
02 4998 7524

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard Pty Ltd is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Act), the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) as well as other laws and codes.

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard is committed to protecting your privacy. We have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfilment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.
  • We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

Personal Information

When do we collect personal information? This may include but is not limited to;

  • You join our Wine Club
  • You purchase wine online
  • You order wine over the phone
  • You request wine be freighted to you
  • You book a wine tasting with us
  • You apply for a job

What type of personal information do we collect? Information may include but is not limited to;

  • Identification such as name, address, proof of age (over 18years old for wine purchases)
  • Communication details such as email, phone etc.
  • Credit card details for payment of goods & services

Use of Data

The data will be used for the following purposes;

  • Administration & sales of our products & services
  • Where authorised by you
  • Where we are required, authorised or permitted by law
  • To verify your identity
  • To comply with laws & regulations
  • To provide you with information about products & services from Pokolbin Estate Vineyard that are most relevant to you

We do not sell or pass on your details to third parties.

Disclosure of Data

We disclose data to Contractors to assist us in the delivery of your order, process payments & communicate with you. For example

  • Our freight companies (Australia Post, DHL, TNT) for purpose of delivering your goods
  • Our secure online payment gateway company

Data Management

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal data we hold is

  • Accurate
  • Complete
  • Relevant
  • Up-to-date
  • Not misleading

Data Security

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal data we hold is protected from loss, misuse & unauthorised access. In order to prevent any unauthorised access or disclosure of the personal data that we gather we have in place electronic and managerial procedures to secure and guard this information.

Access & Correction of Data

You have the right to access, modify or delete information we hold about you at any time. This is our commitment to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up-to-date. Should you request your personal information be destroyed and cease to be collected, Pokolbin Estate Vineyard will comply with this request.

You can access and change your personal information;

  • For Wine Club Members; via your online portal, via phone 02 4998 7524 or via the wine club email
  • For others; by contacting us here, or if applicable, via the website where you entered your personal information. We encourage you to contact us in order to keep your personal information up to date.

Link to other sites

Links to third-party websites may be provided solely for your information and convenience, or to provide additional information for various other goods and services. If you use these links, you will leave our site. The Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of those websites linked to our site, nor do we control their content or privacy policies. We suggest that you carefully review the privacy policy of each site you visit.

Opting out of Marketing & Promotions

If you wish to cancel your Pokolbin Estate Vineyard membership we ask you to make a request in writing & post or email to us. On receipt we will destroy all your personal information.

If you unsubscribe or request we no longer forward you any marketing or mailing list communications we will immediately destroy your personal information & cease communications.

How do I lodge a privacy complaint?

If you are concerned that your personal information has been mishandled, or if you wish to obtain additional information about the way we handle privacy issues, you can contact us or phone 02 4998 7524.

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Wine-Specific Conditions

Vignerons License no. 703344

Legal Requirements

Liquor Act 1982 – It is an offence to sell or supply to or obtain liquor on behalf of a person under the age of 18 years.

You must be 18 years of age or older, to order or receive alcoholic beverages from Pokolbin Estate Vineyard. Receipt of shipments containing alcoholic beverages requires the signature a person 18 years of age or older who is not intoxicated. Wines purchased from Pokolbin Estate Vineyard are not for resale, and are for personal consumption only.

Credit Card Charges

Orders are by credit card, PayPal or Afterpay. We accept all major Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Cards and payment methods are only charged once a confirmation of purchase is made.

Platinum and Gold Wine Club Members: Subscription to these memberships is run for a minimum 12 month period. Your obligation to your subscribed membership is to receive the minimum pack requirement; for Platinum Members, that being 1 case in March and 1 case in September at a minimum 25% discount. For Gold Members, that being 1 pack in December, 1 pack in April and 1 in August at a minimum 15% discount. Upon Online Sign up, you will not be charged until you place an order. Orders placed online do not form part of your membership obligation unless an agreement has been made with Pokolbin Estate Vineyard. Payment is to be taken before your pack is sent. You will receive at least 2 email notifications before your payment & pack is due. Before signing up, read your specific Membership Terms and Conditions for more information on the specifics of Wine Club Operations.

Minimum Purchase

No minimum purchase is required. 

Wine is a Delicate Commodity

Wine is a perishable commodity. Wine does not like extremes of temperature: hot humid summer and cold winter weather may adversely affect the condition of your wine during shipment. Pokolbin Estate Vineyard is not responsible for, and will not replace wine that is damaged by extreme weather conditions during shipment. When your wine order is picked up by the common carrier for delivery, responsibility for the wine becomes the responsibility of the purchaser. We understand some specific wines develop sediment, as well as aged corks can become soft. In the case of a wine being internally damaged, you are urged to contact Pokolbin Estate Vineyard at or phone 02 4998 7524. Each case will be treated individually. Where appropriate, a replacement will be issued.

Customer Service Policy

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard Pty Ltd is committed to providing exceptional customer service and quality products. We endeavour to make sure that all products listed on our website are currently in stock and pricing is true and correct. Standard delivery timeframes are between 3-7 business days; in the event that an ordered item is not available or we are unable to fulfil your order we will notify you within 2 business days to arrange an agreeable alternative item, a backorder or a full refund.

Shipping, Delivery & Refund Policy

We deliver products Australia wide using Australia Post. Shipping costs are influenced by the size and weight of the product and your location, exact shipping costs are calculated in the shopping cart and will be added to the order total before checkout.

Once an order is placed, you will be sent an email confirmation and receipt of purchase. Orders are dispatched within two business days and shipping times are estimated at between 3-7 business days depending on your location within Australia.

International Shipping

Should you require international shipping, please send us a note via our Contact form or call us on +612 4998 7524 to discuss availability and fees.

Refund Policy

Please choose carefully.  We do not give refunds if you simply change your mind or make a wrong decision. You can choose between a refund, exchange or credit where the wine has been internally damaged, spoiled or has been wrongly described.

Terms of Use

Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern Pokolbin Estate Vineyard’s relationship with you in the context of this website.

The term “Pokolbin Estate Vineyard” or “us” or “we” refers to the owner of the website. The term “you” refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

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