2016 Pearce Road Semillon - Back Vintage

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. A cooler, wetter 2016 Clare Valley vintage was considered near perfect, with favourable conditions slowing down the ripening process and enabling full development of the varieties classic lemon, cut grass and floral notes.

  • Winemaking

    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 youthful green tints.


    Lifted floral notes and intense lemony flavours with hints of cut grass and oak spices.


    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.

  • James Halliday Wine Companion, AU

    • 92 Points, Special Value
    • 2019 Edition
    • From the Pearce Road Vineyard at 475m, hand-picked, crushed, cool-fermented with cultured yeast, transferred after 7 days to new and 1yo French hogsheads to complete fermentation and 6 months maturation with twice-weekly lees stirring for the first 5 months. Straw-green hue; I'm in two minds about the oak and batonnage, I think the latter won't help the wine down the track, but the oak will be more friend than foe. Some of the Quelltaler wines of yesteryear had tenacity even with cork closures, and this wine has plenty of Meyer lemon-based fruit flavours.
    • ALC/VOL: 13.0%
    • Size: 750ML
    • Closure: Screwcap
    • Varietal: Semillon
    • Cellaring: Potential of at least 10 - 12 years

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