2019 'Like a Version' Braemore Semillon
Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the worlds most uniquely regional wine styles. The 51-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 is not like that at all.....
It's the same, but different.
Introducing the inaugural release of Thomas Wines “Like a Version” Braemore Semillon.
Yes, I’ve ‘borrowed’ the concept from the Triple J’s Friday morning segment, but here the idea was 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 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 winemaking.
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.
1296 bottles produced.
Whilst I personally find the wine a little “confronting”, that’s not the point. It’s the CONCEPT and the difference that I love, and I know there are many, many people out there who will dig this wine much more than I do…
Mid yellow in colour with a natural light cloudiness. An unusual aromatic combination of marmalade like citrus fruit, chamomile tea, nuts and a pungent solids induced sulphide complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with a lightly creamy texture and a soft acidity. Flavours of lemongrass, baked apple and a hint of bitter almond.
The antithesis of pure and precise 'classic' Hunter Valley Semillon, but that's exactly the point...
This wine has not been fined or filtered and has a natural deposit. For the full-blown 'natural' wine experience, roll the bottle to re-suspend the solids before serving, otherwise decanting is recommended.
Drink now to 2022
Hand Bottled 18th December 2019
Production 1296 bottles