2018 Braemore Semillon
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.
The 2018 growing season opened with good spring rainfall, setting the vineyards with abundant subsoil moisture. This was followed by one of the hottest, driest ripening periods for many years. The vineyard was hand picked during the last week of January, and first week of February; whole bunch pressed to minimise phenolics and fermented with a neutral yeast to enhance the varietal purity. The wine spent five weeks resting on its yeast lees prior to bottling in May. Stylistically, the 2018 Braemore is similar to the awesome 2007 vintage, its fruit generosity providing 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 iridescent green hue. The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its succulent, 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 – 15+ years.
Bottled 6th June 2018
Production 1390 dozen (plus 100 magnums and 12 double magnums…)