Introducing the inaugural release of Thomas Wines “Like a Version” Braemore Semillon.
OFFICIALLY RELEASED Monday 1st June
Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. The 51-year-old Braemore vineyard (planted 1969) is situated on the sandy alluvial flats of Hermitage Road Pokolbin. Braemore consistently produces Semillon featuring freshness, vibrancy, and remarkable longevity.
This wine is not like that at all.....
Yes, I’ve borrowed the 'Like a Version' concept from Triple J radio's Friday morning segment, but here the idea is to present the ‘original’ and a ‘cover version’ from one of the Hunter Valley’s most iconic Semillon vineyards.
In 2019, I invited Tassie winemaker and all-round top bloke Joe Holyman (Stony Rise) to come up and have some fun with a small parcel of Braemore Semillon. The brief was simple - make a completely different style of wine to mine with the same grapes. Those of you who know Joe will appreciate his sense of mischief and no-nonsense approach to wine making.
The fruit was foot trodden and left overnight before pressing the next day. No SO2, no finings, no settling the juice. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts on full solids. No temperature control. The ferment was finished bone dry in just two days. Racked only twice over the next 8 months. A minuscule SO2 addition just prior to hand bottling in December 2019 without fining or filtration.
Only 1296 bottles produced.