Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2002.

From Huon Hooke in this week’s SMH… “An outstanding example of traditional Hunter Valley semillon after five years of bottle age. Fresh and very youthful, still with a pale straw colour and a minerally, gravelly, faintly lemony, somewhat austere nose.

In the mouth it’s very fine and delicate, light-bodied but intense and with a dry and crackingly crisp finish that just cries out for fish, crustaceans or molluscs. At 11 per cent alcohol it’s refreshing and more-ish, taut and nervy, with no hardness or austerity on the palate. Mine was a great bottle, thanks to a perfect cork, and would have happily lived for another 20 years. I wish I could be sure all others are in such good nick. Bring on the screwcap!”

Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2002 is one for the wine cellar … if you can find it.

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