2015 AGED RELEASE SEMILLON
Hunter Valley Semillon is globally recognised as one of the truly great wine styles of the world because of its remarkable ability to age and the complexity it develops along the way. For our Aged Release Semillon, we bottle the wine early for freshness and lay it down for five years of bottle age before release.
The 2015 vintage was a classic white vintage in the Hunter. The fruit from this vintage was selected for its finesse and balance that have allowed me to make a Semillon with lots of acid and a fine structure, with age ability unlike any other area in Australia can produce.
We select a single block of our low yielding 50yr old Semillon vines which are grown on the red volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill. We hand pick the block, slightly early to ensure a higher acid, lower potential alcohol and a leaner structure.
The juice was fermented at cool temperatures to preserve delicate fruit characters. Our Aged Release Semillon has been made in a very pure style to reflect the traditions of the area. Strength of acid and line and length are the keys to the ageing style and this wine has been specifically made to have this covered. 5 years of bottle maturation allows both the young wine and the older wine to be seen in the one glass. This wine shows great ageing potential, well beyond the five years at release.
Semillon at five years of age shows just why this is one of the great wine styles of the world. It has a wealth of complex flavours, a soft but lingering acidity and a never-ending finish. The colour will still be pale straw and the nose shows lemon peel, lime zest and a touch of honeysuckle. The palate will have a range of citrus flavours- lemon grass, grapefruit, lime sorbet as well as a touch of honey and macadamia. The finish is long and lingering.
Titratable Acidity 7.2g/L
Residual Sugar <1g/L
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20 years +