97 Points & Semillon of the Year James Halliday
97 Points Huon Hooke
4 Trophies Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016
Trophy – NSW Wine Industry Awards 2015
Trophy – Shanghai International Wine Challenge
The ILR Reserve Semillon is named after Chief Winemaker and Managing Director Iain Leslie Riggs, who joined the winery in 1982. Iain has taken Brokenwood from a small ‘hobby’ winery into the national and international arena, and was the driving force in Brokenwood extending the range to white wines.The ILR Reserve Semillon is an aged white wine that receives no oak.
After tasting the wine over the first three years the decision was made to release at 5 years bottle age, in other words to have some bottle development but capable of aging further. In terms of winemaking it was a case of low (and now, zero) skin contact and neutral yeast.
“Bright, light yellow colour and a fresh, youthful, shy bouquet loaded with green herb primary fruit aromas. It is amazingly youthful for its age. The palate is intense and delicate, fresh and bright, with plenty of fruit and a dry finish and balance. Zesty, tangy, vibrant. Long, harmonious finish with lip-smacking dryness. A classic semillon, starting to enter its peak drinking period.” – 97 Points Huon Hooke
“Little or no colour change; the bouquet is distinctly aromatic, but still focused on primary fruit, not toast or honey; the palate is electrifying, drawing saliva from the mouth with its mix of unsweetened lemon juice/lemon zest and life-giving acidity, the DNA of great semillon, protected by the screwcap for decades.” – 97 Points James Halliday