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Hunter Semillon is one of the world’s greatest ageing white wines. Elizabeth is always released after some ageing (the 2012 and ’11 vintages are also available), but the proof of the pudding is in the cellar-aged releases – this one is seven years old and  extraordinary value at $24. With a full buttercup-yellow colour, it has toasty, straw, citrus and resin-like aromas of great complexity and allure. It’s very dry and savoury in the mouth and cries out for food. There’s a parade of lemon-butter, beeswax and toast aromas and flavours, all of which extend to a very long finish and aftertaste. Food: Marinated fish; grilled fish; pasta with clams; mussels mariniere. Drink now to 2018. Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; Sydney Morning Herald

If you’ve not experienced Hunter semillon before, then this modestly priced sensational example is a must for you to try. Quite different from what we do in WA but one taste of this will explain more than words why it is regarded as one of Australia’s great wine styles. Enough said. Rating: 95 Points from Ray Jordan

‘The generous, late-released or cellar aged model in Australia is to be applauded. As you know, this style of wine is built to evolve over time. Most entry level wines improve over four or five years. Semillons like Keith Tulloch’s (above) will be drunk young, but if left in a cellar will roll and roll for much longer than a Sauvignon or Chardonnay would and it will gather complexity as it goes. Elizabeth is a wine which is designed to be at its peak six years after it is born. I would imagine it is impressive at one year old, but no one would have the self control these days to religiously put a case aside for six years and so they would inevitably drink it at some point on its upward ageing curve of excellence, thus missing its intended target. So, when I tasted the pre-release of this 2007 vintage I knew it would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this incredible. The honeyed spice, touches of ginger, lemon balm, lily and verbena notes are hypnotic and this is balanced by a bone dry finish. The price is going to be repositioned at £15 so that it edges upwards to where this idyllic flavour belongs. This is still a steal. At only 11% alcohol this wine is essential drinking, too every fridge should have a bottle of Elizabeth in it.’ Top 100 Australian Wines by Matthew Jukes 2014

Cellar Aged. Gleaming yellow-gold; eight gold medals between '07 and '13 speak for themselves. It is now near its peak, acidity its best friend, the fruit a mix of lemongrass and dried grass. It will develop even greater depth, so don't look this remarkable gift horse in the mouth right now. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2022; Price: $19; Date Tasted: Sept 2015; Alcohol: 11%; Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday; Weekend Australian

Trophy - Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Blue Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition 2013 
Blue Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition 2012
Blue Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition 2011
Gold Medal - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012
Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2012
Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2011
Gold Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2011
Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2015
Gold Medal - NZ International Wine Show 2014
Gold Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show 2014
Gold Medal - Cowra Wine Show 2013
Gold Medal - Cairns Show Wine Awards 2013
Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday

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