The 2017 Single Vineyard Semillons have sold out.
In lieu of rather depleted list we’ve released the 2018’s ahead of schedule, saving the release of the 2012 Cellar Reserve Braemore for the first day of Spring.
Thommo tells us “The 2018 Vintage is virtually a carbon copy of the outstanding 2017 vintage, the warm and dry conditions experienced throughout January and February of 2018 have produced Semillons with generous fruit weight within the typical purity and precision of the classic Hunter Valley style. These wines are exceptionally approachable in their youth, yet the best examples from the region (particularly Braemore) will also have some remarkable cellaring potential.”
Despite a relatively similar winemaking approach, the subtle differences in the Single Vineyard range of Semillons never cease to amaze our visitors.
Fordwich Hill, from the far west of the Valley in the sub-region of Broke, is a riper, more generous proportioned style of Hunter Semillon. Broke receives slightly less annual rainfall and the red volcanic soils produce an earlier ripening Semillon with distinctive aromatics. On the first weekend in Cellar Door, this Semillon was definitely one of our Visitor’s favourites.
The Murphy's Vineyard is located on the far east of the valley in the Lovedale area. Situated adjacent to Black Creek in Wilderness Road, it has deep sandy soils. This produces a delicate Semillon with a floral lift of citrus blossom and grapefruit notes.
The OC, named after Oakey Creek Road, comes off the flats close to the southern stretch of the Brokeback Ranges. The soils here are transitional sandy/loam and still contain small amounts of organic matter. The resultant Semillon screams freshness; it’s pure and bright with amazing length, and nervy acidity.
And then there’s Braemore. We can just see the Braemore Vineyard from the Cellar Door. Located on Hermitage Road it has amazing deep sandy/loam alluvial soil consistently producing exceptional Semillon. The Braemore Semillon features vibrancy and remarkable longevity, we think the following description from Thommo sums it up perfectly … “intensity, in a feather weight frame”.
For every day drinking we’ve also released the 2018 Synergy, Two of a Kind and Six Degrees Semillons. At $17/bottle for Members these are ideal to have handy in the fridge for any occasion.
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The Cellar Door Team - Rowena, Nico, Brooke and Curtis