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2015 HVD Semillon


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Situated between two dry creek beds, the HVD (Hunter Valley Distillery) vineyard has ideal soils for Semillon; free draining sandy soils over coarse river sand. The vines are dry grown and were planted in 1908. A dry winter and spring was broken by good rains in early December which helped the vines immensely. Moderate summer temperatures and some rain during the harvest period meant hand sorting of the fruit in the vineyard, to ensure all fruit that arrived at the winery was in pristine condition. Hand-picked in the early hours of the morning, the fruit was lightly crushed and pressed before a relatively cool fermentation. Then the wine spent minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.

A vintage where the great vineyards showed their class, this release of HVD Semillon shows both power and finesse. Freshness on the nose, complexity on the back palate, and now in its transition stage from primary to secondary flavours. Waxy and honey toast, with good length.

Alcohol – 10.5%
Cellaring – 5+ years

4.5 stars out of 5 | Winewise

In between the Stevens and the Belford. It's a restrained, lemony semillon with a good middle palate and a racy finish.

95+ points | The Wine Front

Fresh squeeze lime, vanilla, approachable, zesty but round - the volume of fruit is most excellent - almost flamboyant for such a young wine. Flinty and tight to close. Not an ounce of flab here though, make no mistake. Ripping length. I predict an amazing future for this wine: a toast and lime spectacular to come.

96 Points | JamesSuckling.com

I love the pear, sliced apple and mineral aromas here. Full body, tangy fruit and a tight finish. Focused and balanced. A real beauty. Drink now or hold. Screwcap.

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