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.
Brokenwood semillon, Brokenwood reserve semillon