2007 Mt Pleasant Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon, Hunter Valley 11%

Mount Pleasant 2007 Cellar Aged Elizabeth SemillonHuon Hooke’s Wine of the Week in this week’s Sydney Morning Herald is this great bargain aged Semillon from McWilliams. Huon writes:

‘Hunter Semillon is one of the world’s greatest ageing white wines. Elizabeth is always released after some ageing (the 2012 and ’11 vintages are also available), but the proof of the pudding is in the cellar-aged releases – this one is seven years old and  extraordinary value at $24.

With a full buttercup-yellow colour, it has toasty, straw, citrus and resin-like aromas of great complexity and allure.

It’s very dry and savoury in the mouth and cries out for food. There’s a parade of lemon-butter, beeswax and toast aromas and flavours, all of which extend to a very long finish and aftertaste.

Drink now to 2018. 95/100.

Food: Marinated fish; grilled fish; pasta with clams; mussels mariniere.

Other wines reviewed by Huon Hooke this week include –

Indulge Yourself
2012 Grosset Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills. 96/100

Top Aussie Red
2009 Tim Adams The Fergus, Clare Valley. 89/100

Top Aussie White
2012 Ben Haines Warramunda Encore Marsanne, Yarra Valley. 92/100

Best Fortified
Morris Classic Liqueur Tokay, Rutherglen NV. 92/100

Best Import
2012 Napa Cellars Pinot Noir, Napa Valley. 92/100

Bargain of the Week
2013 Wickham’s Road Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley. 89/100

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