Hunter Valley semillon is one of the worlds most uniquely regional wine styles. The Braemore vineyard (planted 1969) is situated on the sandy alluvial flats of Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, and consistently produces semillon featuring freshness, vibrancy and remarkable longevity. This wine has achieved an enviable reputation in recent years as being one of the finest examples of classic Hunter Valley semillon.
Some early January rain and cooler conditions delayed the start of harvest to the first week of February. Careful, selective hand picking resulted in slightly reduced yields of nice and clean, ripe fruit. Whole bunch pressed to minimise phenolics and fermented with a neutral yeast to enhance the varietal purity. The wine spent eight weeks resting on its yeast lees prior to bottling. Sylistically, the 2015 Braemore is slightly leaner than the previous couple of vintages but provides excellent current drinking as well as being a belter for the cellar.
From arguably the Hunter Valley’s best Semillon vineyard, this wine displays an amazing irridescant green hue. The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity. The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ensuring the wine can be enjoyed as a youngster, or cellared for 5 – 20+ years.
Bottled 19th May 2015
Production 1595 dozen (plus 100 magnums and 12 double magnums…)