THIS UNUSUAL BEAUTY IS CERTAINLY AGING WITH GRACE! IT IS THE OLDEST SEMILLON AND THE ONLY KIWI WINE TO RECEIVE 5 STARS IN THE SEPT/OCTOBER 2017 WINESTATE MAGAZINE SEMILLON TASTING.
The fruit for this wine was sourced entirely from the estate vineyard at Livingston Road in Brightwater, from 12 year old vines. It was 100% hand picked fruit, nice and ripe at 21.7 Brix. Semillon vines will yield very highly given half a chance, so judicious fruit thinning was undertaken at veraison to retain concentration of flavour and ensure the fruit would fully ripen.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to prevent excessive phenolic extraction from the skins, the juice was settled and the clear juice racked to be fermented in stainless steel. After ferment the wine was aged sur lies for 6 months to give a rounded mouthfeel and mid- palate weight.
Residual sugar less than 2 g/L Titratable acidity 6.3 g/L pH 3.32 Alcohol 12.8 %
This is a flavourful dry wine with aromas reminiscent of yellow wild flowers (calendula and daisy) mingled with paw paw, sizzled lemon and tropical vanilla. On tasting, ripe apple and delicate clover honey provide the flavours, with a toasty finish. There is great balance between fruit sweetness and acidity and a lovely silky texture. Will age further with grace.
Awards and Accolades
The reviews of this wine certainly testify to its aging with grace!
“A medium to full-bodied fully dry wine with fresh, smooth, citrusy, slightly spicy and herbal flavours, showing a touch of complexity. Worth cellaring.”
3 stars, Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wine, 2011
“A rare treat in New Zealand, this beautifully maturing semillon shows complex aromas of citrus, almond, beeswax and straw, which lead to a concentrated and focused palate that is rounded and richly textured with seamlessly integrated acidity. The wine shows plenty of character and appeal, and finishes impressively long.”
93/100, 5 stars Sam Kim Wine Orbit, May 2015
“Bright straw-yellow colour with light lemon-gold hues, paler on the rim. The bouquet is finely concentrated with a soft core of savoury grassy and waxy stonefruit aromas, along with secondary earthy and nutty notes and subtle oxidative elements adding detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has well-concentrated flavours of savoury grass and green stonefruit flavours along with waxy and nutty secondary notes with some oxidative nuances. The palate has a light, grainy texture, the phenolics lending body and presence, and the fruit is underlined by fine, crisp acidity. The wine carries to a lingering finish of grass and herbs. This is a concentrated Semillon with secondary flavours of savoury grass and stonefruits with waxy, nutty and oxidative detail on a crisp, textural palate. Match with Mediterranean fare and vegetables over the next 12 months.”
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, March 2017 www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
“A golden wine with a very closed nose with just a hint of spicy/toasty fragrances. The long, soft palate has lovely intensity and complexity of fruit and toasty bottle age.”
5 stars, Winestate Magazine, Sept/October 2017
$25 PER BOTTLE