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RegionHunter Valley, NSW
WinemakerScott McWilliam
ColourVery pale straw with luminescent green hues.
AromaFresh limes and grapefruit, lemon blossom, and hints of pineapple.
PalateLively fresh citrus palate with ripe citrus flavours, a fleshy palate with fine acidity and a long lingering finish. This is a seamless wine of intense citrus flavours and fine acid structure which drives the length of flavour on the palate. This wine will cellar to be a definitive example of the classic Hunter Semillon style.
Growing ConditionsExcellent growing conditions creating a near perfect harvest. The fruit reached optimal flavour ripeness at low to moderate sugar levels, resulting in wines of great natural balance. Fruit quality was excellent across all varieties.
Vinification/MaturationAll grapes for this wine were handpicked. At the winery they were de-stemmed, crushed, must chilled and the juice allowed to drain quickly from the skins. After cold natural settling, the clear juice was racked off, warmed and inoculated with natural, neutral-based yeast for fermentation. The fermentation was slow and cool to retain the exceptional fruit flavour of the vintage. Three weeks after fermentation the wine was prepared for bottling, capturing the very essence of the vineyard and the purity of the varietal character.
Alcohol/Vol10%
pH3.01pH
Acidity (TA)7.21 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date14-04-2016
Peak DrinkingDesigned to age for over 20 years
Recommended Food PairingCalamari stuffed with wild rice, red and green capsicum and lime zest
Gleaming, almost iridescent, straw-green; the wine's trophy and eight gold medal show record (culminating in Sydney in 2016) covers every relevant show. Moreover, it still has room to develop even greater richness, a faint touch of CO2 spritz intensifying the lemon/lemongrass fruit flavours, the acidity spot on.
97 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2018

The late Maurice O’Shea planted the Lovedale vineyard in 1946 with incredible foresight, recognising that the unique structure of the land and the surrounding environment would deliver the tightness and acidity for world-class Semillon. This wine provides exceptional drinking now or can be carefully cellared for up to 20 years from vintage.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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