The fruit for the 2009 Vat 1 Semillon was predominately sourced from our best old blocks on our Short Flat vineyard, with the oldest vines on this site dating back to 1923. These vines are dry grown in ancient sandy loam soil, adjacent to old creek beds.
The appearance of the wine immediately belies its age; bright and glossy with vibrant, green hues. The nose is incredibly complex; lemon curd, candle wax, buttered toast; freshened with a hint of lemon zest. Showing classic aged Hunter Semillon characters, with a palate weight and intensity only seen in the best of the best vintages. Complex, seamless layers with a powerful citrus drive, and persistence of flavour. The perfect balance of youthfulness and bottle age.
18 Trophies, 26 Gold Medals
The bouquet reveals a superbly mellow middle-aged Semillon with straw, hay and toasty aromas, the palate crisp and dry, savoury and intense with great length and perfect balance. At 11 years, it’s still fresh and refined, a great example of semi-mature Hunter Semillon. #1 of 56 2009 Sémillon from Lower Hunter. Date Tasted: October 2020; Drink: 2020 to 2030; Price: $160.00; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 99 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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