Semillon has been grown in the Clare Valley for many years and just like its sibling Riesling, it thrives in elevated landscapes, fertile soils and higher natural rainfall areas. The 2017 vintage was generally cool with intermittent rainfall leading up to and across the harvest period. These favourable conditions significantly slowed down the harvest, retaining higher levels of natural acidity, fruit freshness and intensity of flavour.
The fruit was harvested at night when cool, gently drained and lightly pressed, then allowed to cold settle before racking and warming the juice to ferment. Starting off in stainless steel, the fermenting wine was allowed to complete its journey in a selection of new and more seasoned French oak hogheads. Further barrel maturation and twice weekly lees stirring gives the wine more complexity and creamy textural qualities.
Very pale straw in colour with youthful green tints; of brilliant clarity and appearance.
Overwhelmingly citrus driven in flavour, the nose features lifted lime and lemon zest, subtle kitchen spices, subtle oak nuances and hints of cut grass.
The palate is both primary and complex in design with fresh lemons and limes perfectly in sync with the creamy yoghurt characters, crisp acidity and sublime French oak in the background. This is a wine that can be enjoyed young and fresh or benefit from further careful cellaring.
As a variety, Semillon is so well suited to the Clare Valley, just like Riesling, it benefits from the elevated landscapes, fertile soils and higher natural rainfall of the region. 2015 was another standout vintage, with the early, drier than average start to the growing season, saved by substantial rainfall in January and three weeks of cool weather leading up to the harvest in early February.
One hundred percent barrel fermentation and maturation for six months in new and one year old French oak barrels has complemented and enhanced the fresh varietal vineyard characteristics of the Semillon grape; citrus and cut grass. Twice weekly battonage (lees stirring) has added to the wines complexity and creamy palate structure.
Very pale straw in colour with brilliant clarity and youthfeel green tints.
Floral notes, hints of cut grass, lemon essence and subtle oak spices flood the nose.
The delicate flavours of lemon curd, French oak creaminess and zesty natural acidity are classic features of the wines lingering finish. Fresh and lively in its youth but possessing serious ageing potential with careful cellaring.