Margaret Semillon Bottle 125x503Huon Hooke’s SMH Wine of the Week this week is this wonderful Semillon from the Barossa Valley. Huon writes …

‘This is simply a beautiful wine. Its low alcohol, un-oaked, early picked style does a good impersonation of a classic from the Hunter Valley. The colour is bright, medium-full yellow and it has a superbly aged, mellow bouquet of toasted bread, straw and lemon juice.’

‘It’s complex, mellow and layered on the palate with a dry but rich mouth-feel; soft and rounded and managing to build lots of flavours around a citrussy core. At six years, it is still delicate and refined, showing no sign of fattening up. A great wine, with or without food. Best now to five years. 11.5% alcohol. 96/100.’

Food: ‘Outstanding with most fish and shellfish dishes, especially delicately smoked salmon, gravlax, grilled scallops, sashimi and sushi.’

I (chrisonwine) still have a few bottles of the 2004 Margaret in the cellar and the last one we had was stunning; still developing and some distance to go, vive` la screw caps!

Other wines reviewed by Huon this week are:

Bargain of the week
2012 Hay Shed Hill Pitchfork Sauvignon blanc, Margaret River. 87/100

Top Aussie red
2009 Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon, Nagambie Lakes. 90/100

Best Rose`
2011 Chateau Roubine Cotes de Provence Cru Classe. 95/100

Top Aussie white
2012 Burge Family Winemakers Olive Hill Semillon, Barossa Valley. 93/100

Best import
2012 Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson. 93/100

For the cellar
2011 Moses Rock Estate 3857 Caves Rd Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River. 94/100