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RegionHunter Valley, NSW
ColourPale Straw
AromaClassic citrus characters of Lime & lemongrass predominate with wonderful intensity and purity. With bottle age comes lovely honey toast notes and lanolin.
PalateAn elegant yet intense palate of pure Semillon fruit providing great line & length.
Growing ConditionsA very good growing period with above average Winter and Spring rainfall resulted in an excellent crop. Late December 2008 was very dry and early January 2009 was both dry and hot. The Old Block Semillon ripened evenly and the balanced canopy provided much neded shade and cooler days. This provided power and concentration of flavours and colour to the resultant wine. The fruit was carefully handpicked in the cool morning period to retain freshness and to ensure quality.
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 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/Vol10.5%
pH2.85pH
Acidity (TA)6.6 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date08-09-2016
Peak DrinkingReleased after 7 years for perfect drinking but will reward cellaring for decades to come.
Hand-picked, crushed, the juice drained quickly from the skins, cultured yeast, slow ferment, early bottled, seven trophies. Won its first trophy in Melbourne in '12, the next six in Queensland in '14 and '15. In other words, its only now hitting its straps, and doing so in brilliant fashion, initially delicately delicious, literally taking off on the back-palate and aftertaste. Worth every cent of the price.
98 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2017

2017 Halliday Wine Companion Semillon of the Year

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 fifteen years from vintage.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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