2018 Reserve Semillon
Vintage: 2018 – a classic Margaret River vintage, characterised by a beautifully warm and dry ripening period, moderated by afternoon sea breezes and cool, clear nights. Fruit was picked in superb condition at optimal ripeness with full flavours and balanced acidity.
Varietals (%’S): 95% Semillon; 5% Chardonnay
Appearance: Pale gold with bright green tints.
Aroma: Rich, complex aromas of lemon rind, jasmine, honeysuckle, crème brulee, woodsmoke & grilled nuts.
Palate: Depth and complexity garnered from fermentation of beautifully ripe fruit in new French oak. Vivid, pristine fruits of preserved lemon, kiwi and mandarin meld into woodsmoke char, roasted hazelnuts and crème caramel richness. A ripe and rich salted lime acid line adds further complexity whilst focusing and refreshing the finish.
Winemaking: Fruit was machine picked in the cool of night and pressed directly to tank for settling prior to fermentation in 100% new oak. Following 8 months maturation on ferment lees the wine was blended in tank. The wine was heat and cold stabilised with minimal fining and filtered prior to bottling in December 2018.
Oak Detail: Fermentation and subsequent 2 months maturation in 100% new French oak barriques (Bordeaux cooperages) before being siphoned across to a combination of seasoned French oak barriques for a further 6 months maturation.
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.
Food Pairing: Drink with porcini mushroom risotto topped with shaved truffle.Alcohol Volume: 12.8%
Acidity: pH 3.12 TA 7.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: <0.5 g/L
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94pts: "Semillon 95%, chardonnay 5%. Fermented in 100% new French oak before, after 2 months, being transferred to 100% seasoned oak. Pungent thistle and tropical fruit aromatics lead to a well powered, well balanced palate of precision and poise. It's good drinking now, but its future is bright. Drink by 2028". Campbell Mattinson, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion.