2014 Andrew Thomas "Braemore" Sémillon Hunter Valley

SKU #1225533 97 points James Halliday

 Hand-picked with 'fishing headlamps' between 2am and 9am, enabling whole bunch pressing of cool fruit. Herb, grass, lime and lemon aromas and flavours whirl through the bouquet and superbly balanced palate alike, with lemon zest acidity cleansing and lengthening the finish and aftertaste.  (8/2014)

91 points Vinous

 (all whole bunches and all stainless steel): Pale straw. Vibrant, sharply focused nose displays intense lime zest, lemongrass and jasmine scents and an assertive mineral overtone. Dry and stony in the mouth, offering bitter citrus pith, quince and fresh fig flavors that put on weight with aeration. Concentrated yet taut and lithe, finishing with excellent energy and mineral-driven persistence. (JR)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

One of Australia's great white wines. This is one of the finest examples of Hunter Semillon you will find anywhere. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)

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Varietal:

Semillon

- 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.
Country:

Australia

- 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.
Sub-Region:

New South Wales

Specific Appellation:

Hunter Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 11.5