I wrote about this wine after a tasting trip late last year to the Hunter Valley; but in a day of tasting so many wines, though this wine made me stand up and take notice, there was always another wine we needed to look at. So here we are now 11/03/2013 pulling one of these out of the cellar for another look; no big deal, let’s just check out one of these before we get a red out for dinner. I think I made a mistake – this ain’t no wine to drink while thinking about what might be coming next.
The colour is very very pale straw with just a hint of light gold showing through.
The nose can be a bit disconcerting; initially it is a little confronting, vibrant grassy/lemongrass aromas with some asparaghas and even Asian spice. Then there are some floral aromas accompanied by an elegant note of tropical fruit (lychee). After settling there is an appealing ‘oiliness’ that seems to gently surround all of the above.
In the mouth the first thing that will hit you is the mouth puckering acidity, but that is just the beginning, because your mouth then becomes enveloped by an array of fruit flavours; rich and mouthfilling, and always with this core of bracing acidity that does not impede the inevitable flow of lemon, grassy and grapefuit flavours.
The finish is mouthcoating and long; all of the above reside, melding into one as it slides satisfyingly away. After it is all over you will be left with the haunting and long lingering flavours of lemon/lime citrus and acid.
James Halliday in the 2013 Australian Wine Companion notes:
‘Bright quartz; an altogether seamless and perfectly balanced Semillon, with a deceptive youthful delicacy to the classic flavours of lemongrass and lemon citrus, minerality and acidity providing the lifeline into a very long future. 11.5% alc. Rating 96.
OK this is a fine Hunter Valley Semillon, however it is but one of a countless number of Hunter Semillon’s, many of them in the same quality spectrum as this one.
This is an arresting wine, and destined to be a great wine. Try and find a few bottles so you can see what I mean.
As for food; well it probably needs to be something like lightly grilled seafood; seared scallops, salt and pepper squid, grilled whiting fillets witih garden salad, or as suggested it is a wonderful drink on its own.