First planted in 1993 and grafted with cuttings from some of the Hunter Valley’s most respected Semillon vineyards (including HVD and Braemore) with lineage which stretches back to the first plantings of Semillon in Australia. Unmistakably Hunter Valley Semillon. Crisp, natural acidity complemented by lemon-lime citrus aromas and flavours, and structure that should see the wine have a long life indeed. Very similar to the classic 2014 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon – a wine that four years on is still showing remarkable freshness and poise.
A single plot of sandy loam over red basalt is responsible for this lightweight semillon, weighing in at a more traditional 11%. Fermented wild, too. Unusual still in these parts. This is very good. Scintillating intensity of flavour with palpably natural acidity and a waft of phenolic pucker making all the difference to the wine's digestibility. Nothing too tangy. Nothing out of place. Lemon oil, grapefruit pulp and dried tatami. Lovely stuff. On the softer side, but all the better for it. Drink to: 2029; Price: $27.00; Date Tasted: March 2020; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Ned Goodwin; James Halliday Wine Companion
Beautiful semillon. Has quite a bit of body and it feels soft in the mouth, a good thing in itself, but it’s the combination of intensity, freshness and length that pushes the quality meter towards high. Tasted: November 2020; Alcohol: 11%; Price: $27; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2025; Rated: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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