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Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon 2013

The Braemore vineyard, situated on the sandy alluvial flats of Hermitage Road, consistently produces outstanding semillon featuring freshness, vibrancy and remarkable longevity. This is a traditional Hunter Valley style exhibiting delicate lemon and lime fruit characters intermingled with an attractive grassy complexity, and is supported by a zesty, citrus-like acidity providing a pleasing purity and freshness to the finish. Braemore vineyard is one of the Hunter Valley's most awarded vineyards.

A luminous platinum straw colour, with an attractive green hue. The 2012 Braemore Semillon displays intense lemon-blossom aromas enhanced by some youthful tropical overtones. It is vibrant and penetrative, with a juicy palate of citrus and pear, with an attractive textural/mineral quality, culminating in a long, limey finish of taut acidity. Youthful and refreshing, it is finely balanced and focused.

An example of a master winemaker of semillon at play with a great vineyard and a great vintage. The expectation was sky high, but easily cleared by this beautiful semillon, with its gleaming rivulets of polished lemon and honeydew melon, its balance already wondrous, its length impeccable. Drink it tonight or 20 years hence. Drink by: 2033; Price: $28; Alcohol:10.8%; Rating: 97 Points & Top 100 Wines for 2013; James Halliday

Regular readers will no doubt be aware that I’ve got a lot of time for Andrew Thomas’ Braemore Semillon. This is so delicious on release that it’s almost possible to forget its age-worthiness. It’s intensely, limey – almost kaffir lime – with zippy lemon and pebbly minerality. A hint of salinity and a suggestion of spice. Unwavering focus, a juicy core of flavour and excellent extension. Will offer much pleasure now and later. Rating: 96 Points; Alcohol: 10.8%; Closure: Screwcap; Price: $30; Jeremy Pringle; Wine Will Eat Itself