As always, a beautiful colour with luminous greens. Distinctive Hunter lemongrass/straw aromas as a young wine. Sweet fruit flavours initially on the palate indicating perfect ripeness. Excellent acid structure, long flavours of lime and apple blossom. Perfect in its youth and a wine that will bottle age gracefully.
Awards and Accolades
94 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Has an abundance of flavours, venturing from citrus into a shadow of stone fruit, making it a drop-dead drink tonight (or whenever) proposition. Top gold medal in its class at the Adelaide Wine Show '15."
GOLD - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2015 SILVER - Hunter Valley Wine Show 2015 SILVER - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2015 SILVER - Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2015
From the Winery
Harvesting all by hand, the fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Neutral yeasts were used for the fermentation, bottled in May. No oak and no malolactic ferment, only stainless steel.
For Hunter Valley grape growers, pre-vintage discussion is all about the weather. In recent years harvest has been in full swing by the second week of January, however not so for 2016. Wet and cloudy conditions meant later ripening on most varieties. The Hunter Valley went back to its typical dry winter with no significant rain recorded between 23rd May and 24th August 2015. Major rainfall wasn’t received until the first 2 weeks of December (121mm) but accompanied a hailstorm on the 10th. This basically cut a swath right through the middle of Pokolbin with the south of Mount View and north of Deasys Rd escaping. Another storm went through a week later bringing the months total up to 181mm and the yearly rainfall to 1051mm, well above the average of 720mm. January saw records set for rainfall with Brokenwood recording 338mm and then the tap was turned off with fine weather prevailing through February. Handpicking this fruit has resulted in fine, fragrant Semillons.
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WBW Rating: 94/100
Region: Hunter Valley, NSW
Winemaker: Iain Riggs
Drink now until: 2026
Alc/Vol: 10.5 %
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