Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of the German Rieslings from the Mosel made in a similar style.
Relatively early hand picked fruit from the Braemore vineyard, the delicate juice was cool fermented with the fermentation arrested before complete dryness. This technique has produced a wine containing some natural residual sugar and a corresponding low level of alcohol. The key to this style is achieving the perfect balance between the residual sweetness and the fine line of citrus like acidity to ensure the wine finishes crisp and clean.
Vibrant green/gold colour in the glass, the perfume immediately affirms a wine of vitality and freshness. The aromas are of Thai spice, citrus blossom and green apple, while flavours rush across the palate with refreshing acidity dragging crisp, gently sweet citrus fruit flavours long. The balance of acidity and gentle sweetness make for a wonderfully (and rapidly!) drinkable wine, set for warm days, good times and spicy foods.
Give it a quick chill in the freezer, it’s awesome really cold …