97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Best of the Best Semillon James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018
Trophy – Best Australian White Single-Varietal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
At 6 years of age on release, the colour is just starting to show some development with yellow tints complimenting the green edges. Lifted almond bread and the floral notes heading to bees wax and toast. Lively lime juice, Bickford cordial characters and backed by a superb zesty acidity. The magic of Hunter Valley Semillon on display with texture, fruit weight and great length from a wine that sees no oak. The ILR Reserve Semillon is released from the best years and this is a beauty.
Harvesting all by hand. The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Neutral yeasts were used for the fermentation, bottled in July. No oak and no malolactic ferment, only stainless steel.
“When I first tasted this wine in Oct ’15 I made this note: Has the green tinge to its colour that always excites me. It has a lovely combination of lemongrass freshness with perfect first stage development of sweet fruit and incipient honey (which will take years to fully evolve). In the meantime, citrus rules the roost, allied with mouthwatering acidity. Now 15 months down the track, the honey is a little more obvious, but the all-important acidity remains the spine of the wine, and always will.” – 97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday