|Region||Hunter Valley, NSW|
|Aroma||Intense citrus and lemongrass combine with bottle age characters of lanolin and toast.|
|Palate||Concentrated fruits of lemon and lime, beautiful acidity driving through the palate showcasing the amazing length of this wonderful aged style.|
|Growing Conditions||The growing season started well but lack of rainfall in late Spring meant that irrigation was necessary and the crop was smaller than first thought. A rain event in December helped, but overall January was quite dry with extended heat spells and crop tonnage suffered immensely. The Semillon was picked before the next rain event; the fruit was in very sound condition with a good concentration of aromatics and flavour, with a nice acid line.|
|Vinification/Maturation||Once at the winery the Semillon was destemmed and pressed off skins to stainless steel tank. Here the juice was cold settled bright before being racked off, warmed and inoculated for fermentation. The juice was fermented with a specific neutral yeast strain chosen to promote the vineyard specific flavours, and fermentation was conducted at cold temperatures to retain the delicate flavours. Following fermentation, the wines were settled, blended and gently fined before being filtered to bottle.|
|Acidity (TA)||7.1 g/L|
|Bottles per Case||6|
|Last Tasted Date||24-07-2018|
|Peak Drinking||Released after 5 years, and will reward long term cellaring.|
As if by alchemy, aged semillon slips into a waxy realm of toast, buttery brioche and lime marmalade without its acidity wavering. This certainly has freshness and plenty of years ahead of it.
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 up to fifteen years or more from vintage.
|Dimensions||27 x 18 x 35 cm|