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The Hunter Valley is recognised as the world’s leader in dry white wines made from Semillon. Semillon is at its delicate best when young, it is deliciously crisp with abundant citrus aromas. With age Hunter Valley Semillon develops unique complex toast, vanilla and honey flavours, giving it depth and richness. This collection will take you on a journey featuring 3 bottles each from 4 renowned Hunter Valley producers with ratings of 95 Points or better from Australia's leading wine critics.

The StarDozen consists of the following:

3 bottles        Tyrrells Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon 2011
3 bottles        De Iuliis Hunter Valley Semillon 2016
3 bottles        Gundog Estate The Chase Semillon 2016
3 bottles        Mount Pleasant Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon 2009

Tyrrells Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon 2011
Pour a glass of this for the unwary, and half will think it's a cool climate riesling, the lemon juice acidity suggesting the Eden Valley as one possibility, Porongurup another. It is really hard to spit out, and I console myself thinking it's only 11% alcohol as I sneak a micro-swallow. Drink by: 2026; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: March 2016; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

De Iuliis Hunter Valley Semillon 2016
The basic semillon release for '16 by De Iuliis, but winning a gold medal at the Sydney Wine Show '16. The crossover with 1yo riesling can confuse, but the acidity is more pronounced, the lemongrass notes are peculiar to semillon and, as they age, the wines will adopt different personalities. Drink by: 2013; Price: $19.99; Date Tasted: Sept 2016; Alcohol: 10.9%; Rating: 95 Points; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday; Weekend Australian

Gundog Estate The Chase Semillon 2016
The Chase is of absolute purity of varietal expression, the opposite of Gundog's Wild Semillon. Here the first 500 litres (of 700+) per tonne of juice are cold-settled to star brightness before racking and fermentation with a neutral cultured yeast. Yet its bouquet surges out of the glass with lemongrass/hay aromas, the palate then imprinting its suite of flavours for a seeming eternity. Small wonder it won a gold medal at the Hunter Valley Wine Show '16, making light of the challenges of the vintage. Drink By: 2031; Price: $30.00; Date tasted: Sep 2016; Alcohol: 10.5%; Rating: 96 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion

Mount Pleasant Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon 2009
Cellar Aged. The price of this wine was checked twice with Mount Pleasant (aka McWilliam's), and is unbelievable. It is as fresh as a daisy; the colour is still pale, perhaps a touch greener than the '14 Elizabeth, the bouquet now speaking of variety and place, and the lemon/lemongrass flavours of the palate insistent and persistent, not heavy. Drink By: 2029; Date Tasted: 27 Mar 2015; Alcohol: 10.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday 

 

 

 

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