2019 Braemore Semillon
Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the worlds most uniquely regional wine styles. The 50 year old 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 2019 growing season opened with reasonable 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 2019 Braemore is more classically shaped and lower in alcohol than the last two warm dry vintages, however its concentration of fruit provides excellent current drinking as well as being a belter for the cellar. The 2019 vintage is the 20th consecutive bottling of Braemore Semillon under the Thomas Wines label.
From one of the Hunter Valley’s most celebrated Semillon vineyards, 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 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 19th June 2019
Production 1156 dozen (plus 100 magnums and 12 double magnums…)