2017 Fermoy Estate Reserve Semillon Quarterly
Varietals (%’S): 100% Semillon
Appearance: Pale straw with bright green tints.
Aroma: Complex aromas of honeysuckle, beeswax, lemon rind, nettle, walnut & freshly cut straw.
Palate: Barrel fermentation gives this wine structure & texture, with vibrant fruit notes of lemon & kiwi-fruit overlaying grilled nuts, sour herbs of nettle & sorrel, & sweet spices of vanilla & aniseed. A clean & precise, cool-climate acid line provides structure, definition & palate length.
Winemaking: Fruit was machine picked in the cool of night & pressed directly to tank for settling prior to fermentation in new French oak barriques. Following 3 months maturation in this new oak, the wine was siphoned across to seasoned oak to undergo a further 6 months maturation on ferment lees prior to blending in tank. Wine was heat & cold stabilised with minimal fining & filtered prior to bottling in December 2017.
Oak Detail: Fermentation & subsequent 3 months maturation in 100% new French oak barriques (Bordeaux cooperages) prior to a further 6 months maturation in a combination of seasoned French oak barriques.
Cellaring: Semillon as a variety is well suited to ageing, which combined with the new oak component means this wine will continue to evolve over the next 10 years.Alcohol Volume: 12.0%
Acidity: pH 3.05 TA 7.3 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.5 g/L
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93pts: "Barrel-fermented in 100% new French oak, followed by 9 months of ageing in partial new & seasoned oak, this is an ambitious Semillon with aspirations of white Graves in its sights. Lanolin, lemon blossom, talc, curd & honeysuckle notes are all evident. The oak is well handled, needing further time to settle. This should age very well over the next decade. Drink by 2029." Ned Goodwin, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion.