2021 Braemore Semillon
Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. The 52-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 over the years as being one of the finest examples of classic Hunter Valley Semillon.
After four consecutive years of drought, the skies opened up during the latter part of 2020, delivering 1050mm of rain during the 2020 calendar year which is well over the 760mm long-term average. To add insult to injury, the Braemore vineyard was hit with a massive hail storm in early November 2020. Fortunately, the developing berries were still very small and hard so the impact of the hail event on our yields ended up being much less than we had initially anticipated/feared. January is the most critical period during the viticultural growing season in the Hunter, and I am happy to report that we seriously 'dodged a bullet' with the rain disappearing for the month of January allowing a window of opportunity to get our fruit to a perfect level of ripeness and in excellent condition.
The various blocks across the Braemore vineyard were picked between the 27th of February and the 4th of February. The hand-picked fruit is run across our new state-of-the-art vibrating sorting table to ensure that only the absolute highest quality bunches get through to the press. The grapes are then whole-bunch pressed to minimise phenolics, and fermented with our specially selected neutral yeast to enhance the varietal purity. At the completion of the fermentation, the wine spent five weeks resting on its yeast lees prior to preparing for bottling in May.
Stylistically, the 2021 Braemore is more classically shaped than the last four warm dry vintages, and its concentration of bright aromatic fruit provides excellent current drinking as well as being a belter for the cellar.
The 2021 vintage is the 22nd consecutive bottling of Braemore Semillon under the Thomas Wines label.
Sourced from one of the Hunter Valley’s most celebrated Semillon vineyards, this wine displays an amazing iridescent green hue. The nose is greeted with an attractive 'tropical' lift and lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with a 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.
2021 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards LEN SORBELLO TROPHY (Best 2020 or 2021 Semillon)
Bottled 18th May 2021
Production 788 dozen + 100 Magnums + 12 Double Magnums