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.
We experienced some relatively significant rain during January, but thankfully escaped the early season hail storms that ravaged some other vineyards in the Hunter. Careful, selective hand picking during the last week of January resulted in slightly reduced yields of nice and clean, ripe fruit. 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. Sylistically, the 2016 Braemore is similar to the awesome 2015 vintage, 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 irridescant green hue. The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, 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 – 20+ years.
Bottled 19th May 2016
Production 1315 dozen (plus 100 magnums and 12 double magnums…)