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RegionRiverina, NSW
WinemakerAdrian Sparks
ColourLight gold with amber hues.
AromaIntense dried apricot, marmalade, crŠme brulee and peach notes also evident. Almond and biscuity characters show through from the high quality French Oak.
PalateIntense flavours of lemon marmalade, dried apricot and mango are found, with nuances of peach, red apple and exotic lantana fruit flavours. Excellent complexity and length derived from the French Oak is highlighted with an excellent balance of sugar and acidity providing weight and length.
Growing ConditionsIntake of Riverina fruit was complete extremely early in 2010, possibly one of the earliest vintages on record which saw the reduction of phenolic development in the vineyard and the retention of fruit character. The botrytis set in during April and was heavily monitored before picking.
Vinification/MaturationThe Semillon grapes were left on the vine for approximately two months longer than normal to allow for development of botrytis. Hand harvesting took place and the grapes were cold soaked for 24 hours prior to being pressed off into tank for a short settling period. The juice was transferred to new and used French Troncais and Allier Oak to ferment through to the balanced sugar and alcohol level desired for this style.
Acidity (TA)9.47 g/L
Bottles per Case12
Last Tasted Date07-01-2013
Peak DrinkingDrinking well now or cellar for up to 6 years.
Deep golden-yellow; incredibly rich and luscious, but not heavy; botrytis provides the necessary cut and complexity, acidity gives the balance. To 2019
95 points
James Halliday2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

“Morning Light” was the name of the ship that McWilliam’s Wines founder Samuel McWilliam was aboard when he emigrated to Australia in 1857 and 20 years later began the heritage that is McWilliam’s Wines. For fans of dessert wine this is one to try.

A style developed and awarded by McWilliams in the Riverina has collected Trophies and Gold medals from all the major wine shows around Australia for many years.

Weight 16 kg
Dimensions 18.4 x 24.3 x 29.5 cm


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