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.
The StarDozen consists of the following:
3 bottles De Iuliis Hunter Valley Semillon 2020
3 bottles Brokenwood Hunter Valley Semillon 2020
3 bottles Heritage Barossa Semillon 2017
3 bottles First Creek Hunter Valley Semillon 2019
De Iuliis Hunter Valley Semillon 2020
2019 Review: Perfectly poised and focused, a wine that's in no hurry, sure of its 20+-year future, offering different focus as it ages. Its constant characteristic will be its length, built on citrus/herb and crisp, unwavering tannins. As the years pass, buttered toast, honey and nuts will build. Drink to: 2039; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2019; Alcohol: 10.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Top 100 & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Brokenwood Hunter Valley Semillon 2020
It’s juicy and bright, succulent in texture, a zing of disolved aspirin in water, lemon juice and green apple are the flavours. I’m looking for it, of course, and there’s a touch of smoky-ashy stuff in the finish, but the general gist is freshness and vibrancy, with ‘delicious drinking’ as the takeaway message. Joyful stuff. Tasted: Nov 20; Alcohol: 11%; Price: $27; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2022; Rated: 92 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Heritage Barossa Semillon 2017
It's in such pristine condition that you can't deny it. It's fresh with lemongrass, slate and pure lemon flavour, floral notes adding some make-up. It's almost impossible to escape the word delicious. Drink to: 2022; Price: $15.00; Alcohol: 11.5%; Rating: 91 Points & Special Value Star; Campbell Mattinson; James Halliday Wine Companion
First Creek Hunter Valley Semillon 2019
It would be difficult to find a wine expert that wouldn't agree the Hunter Valley is one of the world's best Semillon regions. The climate and grape variety combine to produce a wine that is delicately flavoured, bright and crisp in its youth but with careful cellaring, develops into a richly layered and complex wine.
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