2012 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon
Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's 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.
The 2012 vintage presented challenging conditions for the Hunter Valley. A relatively mild and dry growing season was followed by some pesky rain events in January which delayed the ripening of the fruit. As is often the case, the pedigree vineyards of the Hunter Valley have the ability to handle these conditions and 'push through' the herbal zone to a point where we acheived excellent phenological/fruit ripeness whilst retaining excellent natural acidity. One of the latest harvests from this vineyard, the grapes were hand-picked on the 13th of February, lightly pressed to minimise phenolics, and then fermented in stainless steel using a neutral yeast to enhance varietal purity. The wine spent six weeks resting on its post-fermentation yeast lees to build some textural complexities prior to fining in preparation for bottling. Exactly 284 six-packs of this wine have been set aside in our climate-controlled cellar destined for re-release with six years bottle age.
With six years in bottle, this wine has just started to emerge with those classic bottle aged Hunter Semillon complexities. Bright mid yellow/green in colour, the nose has nuances of buttered toast and honeycomb, layered over fresh grassy, citrus like fruit. The palate has developed an attractive richness, yet maintains an amazing delicacy and freshness with vibrant fruit and a fine, focused line of acidity. In a superb drinking zone right now, it will continue to evolve over the next decade and beyond.
Bottled 7th June 2012
Production 284 six packs
Release Date 1st September 2018 (First day of Spring)