Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2009
Brokenwood Wines, in the heart of the Hunter Valley, can lay claim to not only an iconic vineyard with the Graveyard Vineyard but to the preservation of a wine fraternity that proudly has as its mission statement, 'to make great wine and have fun.' The Hunter Valley is renowned for its dry table wines of Semillon and Shiraz. Brokenwood's production of these is further supported by premium grapes sources 'from all the right regions for all the right reasons' such as Orange, Beechworth and McLaren Vale.
This wine has a beautiful colour, and perfect grapes/ripening means nothing interferes with the gentle aging. As the wine warms up, the citrus and some florals come in. Bees wax and then ‘toast’ will come in a few years. Lively palate, plenty of citrus pith and seamless acidity. A perfect follow up to the near perfect 2007 ILR and a wine that has a long future in front of it. Enjoy.
Semillon of the Year - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
Trophy, Best Semillon - International Wine Challenge (Shanghai) 2015
Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge (Shanghai) 2015
Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015
Down to business. Single vineyard Hunter Valley semillon from one of the Hunter’s most prestigious sites. Six year old white wine from the Hunter Valley. And yet: it’s fresh. It’s racy. It’s long. It shows citrus and wax and lanolin but it’s mostly about length of flavour (rather than mere length of acid). It has mouthfeel, in a spritzy/pillowy way, and it’s quite pretty, in a non-ostentatious way. It’s quite the business. Alcohol: 11%; Price : $75; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2015 - 2025; Rating: 94 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
A classic semi-mature semillon: light yellow hue and fresh herbal, lemony aromas amazingly youthful and barely beginning to show toastiness. Intense, delicate, zesty vibrancy, great flavour and finesse. Long, refreshingly dry, appetizing finish. (10.5 per cent alcohol; screw cap); Ageing: Drink now to seven years. Food: Pan-fried flathead with verjuice. AUD $75; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke
Little or no colour change; the bouquet is distinctly aromatic, but still focused on primary fruit, not toast or honey; the palate is electrifying, drawing saliva from the mouth with its mix of unsweetened lemon juice/lemon zest and life-giving acidity, the DNA of great semillon, protected by the screwcap for decades. Rating: 97 Points; Drink by: 2029; Price: $70; Date Tasted: Feb 2015; Alcohol: 10.9%; Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday; Weekend Australian
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