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