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.