2021 The O.C. Semillon
Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This vineyard, situated on a sandy/loam strip along Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin (hence, The O.C.), was planted in 1976. Earlier vintages of this wine were made in a riper more generously flavoured, contemporary style, however we have since realised this particular vineyard is more suited to the classically styled Hunter Valley Semillon.
The lower yields experienced on this vineyard in 2021 led to it being our very first Semillon picked this year, and it has a slightly riper feel than we've seen in recent vintages. That being said, the core of fine acidity is still a defining feature of wines made from this wonderful patch of dirt.
Glowing in its star bright green/gold hue, this wine finds a blistering concentration of classic Hunter Valley Semillon character – tangy citrus flavours, steel-like mineral vein and a hint of grassiness over gentle tropical fruit characters are the wine’s forte. There’s some fine detail in this slightly riper expression of Semillon, taking time to unfurl in its very compact and sleek frame. Freshness is the motif – a wine built for satisfying thirst and curiosity now but will reward with time.
Bottled 11th May 2021
Production 282 dozen