2003 Brokenwood "ILR" Semillon Hunter Valley New South Wales

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96 points from James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion: "Still pale, but bright colour, with green tints; a wine of extreme finesse, magically combining freshness and delicacy with clear varietal expression ranging from nuances of honey and toast through to bright citrus, grass and mineral notes. Screwcap." (Aug 08) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 08: "($45) Light yellow. Suave, discreetly perfumed aromas of spicy lemon, quince and shiso leaf. Clean and brisk, offering nervy citrus and underripe orchard fruit flavors, with good mineral lift and back-end cut. Give this very young some air, or, better still, at least six more years in the cellar. Very persistent and impressive." 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Initialed after Brokenwood’s winemaker since 1983, Ian Leslie Riggs, the 2003 ILR Reserve Semillon is a barrel selection blend coming from the estate’s prime vineyards (varying each year). 2003 was a hot, dry year, producing just 500 cases of the ILR Reserve. A little closed to begin, with coaxing this wine gives youthful, fragrant floral aromas of orange blossom and honeysuckle with fresh lemon juice, lemongrass and a touch of black pepper. Crisp acidity, intensely flavored with a light to medium body. Very long finish. Drink now to 2020+." (04/10) 11%

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

New South Wales

Specific Appellation:

Hunter Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 11