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2016 Noble Semillon

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$40.00

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Region
Eden Valley
Description

Pale gold with green-gold hues. An alluring nose of clover and citrus blossom, tropical and stone fruits, candied citrus peel, honeyed pear slices and lime brûlée. Delicious citrus and stone fruit flavours fill the palate, supported by hints of cinnamon spice. The luscious mouthfeel is textured with rich viscosity and balanced by bright and clean acidity lingering on an impressively long finish.

An elixir of poached stone fruit infused with saffron and lemon barley flavours. Its sweetness in check thanks to lively acidity and a slight bitter tang to the finish.

Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion, 1 August 2020
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Product Information

Vintage
2016
Grape varieties
  • 100% Semillon
Technical Details
Alcohol
10.5%
pH
3.39
Acidity
6.54g/L
Bottle Size
375mL
Harvest Date
26 - 27 April
Maturation
Fermented in tank with 18% of the wine then transferred to seasoned 225L French barriques for 6 months. Remainder aged on lees in tank for complexity before blending prior to bottling with residual sweetness of 125g/L.
Background
For centuries in Europe very late harvest wines have been made from grapes infected in the vineyard with the Botrytis cinerea mould, such as French sauternes and German beerenauslese. This mould, known as the Noble Rot, develops in the ripening grape berries causing higher sugar and acid levels to be achieved with corresponding enhancement of flavours and lusciousness of the wine
Serving Temperature
6°C
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 20+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to the dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March which eased the stress on all varieties. The fruit matured with an earlier harvest, as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.

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Reviews

Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

September, 11 2020

"A very attractive nose, offering peaches and lemons, as well as candied lemon and stones. The palate has very bright orange, peach and toffee flavors. Smoothly textured, supple and even."

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Jane Faulkner Halliday Wine Companion

August, 1 2020

"An elixir of poached stone fruit infused with saffron and lemon barley flavours. Its sweetness in check thanks to lively acidity and a slight bitter tang to the finish."

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Huon Hooke The Real Review

June, 10 2020

"Medium to full yellow colour, youthful for its age, the bouquet seems not strongly botrytis-affected but flowery, honeyed and spicy. The palate is fresh and lively and has a lightness and lack of oiliness that makes it refreshing and easy to drink. Lively and delicious, with a clean finish thanks to some tannins that impart a faint bitterness."

 

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