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2019 Ceres Hill Semillon

2019 WHITE LABEL CERES HILL SEMILLON

This Semillon is a tribute to the start of Margan Wines as it is from the first vineyard planted by us almost three decades ago on the slope above the winery. The grapes traditionally have been for our Original Semillon wines, but these vines are now mature and are showing a unique style that we want to capture so we now label the wine under Ceres Hill Semillon

Growing Season

Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics were a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we hand-picked in mid-January. Fruit quality was exceptionally high especially in Chardonnay and Semillon.

Vineyard

The vineyard faces east and has less sun exposure allowing for slower, even ripening. The soil is grey, alluvial clay which forces the vines to work hard giving lower yields and more concentrated fruit. This grey soil is distinct from the dolerite soil on the Fordwich Sill and gives Semillon with higher acidity and finer flavours. We ensure extra concentration in the fruit by keeping yields low and ‘fruit thinning’ when necessary which requires cutting off under ripe grapes during the growing season so the vine can concentrate its energy to ripening the remaining bunches on the vine. 

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked when just ripe, to maintain fine flavours and naturally high acidity. The juice was fermented on full solids using indigenous yeasts which offered a uniquely different style of Semillon contributing more generous aromatics than what is traditionally expected from Hunter Valley Semillon. In the winery, we leave the wine on lees to develop palate texture.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a lovely aromatics of lemon myrtle and chamomile flower. The palate shows zesty fruit of white grapefruit, lemons and lime sherbet. The texture is dry with river stone and mineral notes and the finish is long and refreshing with tingling acidity.

Wine Composition

pH                                                         3.08

Titratable Acidity                                 7.8g/L

Alcohol                                                  11.5%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

50 years

Food Match

Tuna sashimi with pear, soy and yuzu

Cellaring Potential

10 + years

$35.00
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2015 Aged Release Semillon

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.

Growing Season

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.

Vineyard

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.

Winemaking

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Wine Composition

pH                                          3.12       

Titratable Acidity                 7.2g/L   

Alcohol                                  11.5%     

Residual Sugar                     <1g/L     

Food Match

Freshly shucked oysters with finger lime and cracked pepper

Cellaring Potential

20 years +

$50.00