An incredibly vibrant green colour which belies its age. The nose is quite unevolved with bright citrus notes and a hint of toasty, waxy, bottle development beginning to show. The palate is benchmark Hunter Valley Semillon with a power and intensity of fruit only seen in great vintages. At 10 years of age, this wine is now just beginning to enter its peak and will continue to develop for another 15 years.
The Stevens family’s ‘Glen Oak’ vineyard is the southern-most of our Semillon vineyards and features a combination of light sand and red clay soils. The vineyard is dry grown with the earliest plantings being 1911.
A late spring led into cooler conditions throughout November and some rain in early December. This lead up left us with above average crop levels that ripened well with the warmer weather in January. Picking began one week later than 2010.
Harvested in the early hours of the morning, the fruit was lightly crushed and pressed, before a relatively cool fermentation. The wine spent minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.
96 Points James Halliday
Trophy Best Single Vineyard White Wine 2017 Single Vineyard Wine Show
Trophy Best Single Vineyard Semillon 2017 Single Vineyard Wine Show
Trophy Best Named Vineyard White Wine 2017 Hunter Valley Wine Show
Trophy Best Named Vineyard Wine 2017 Hunter Valley Wine Show
Trophy Best Semillon 2017 Sydney Wine Show
Trophy Best Mature White Wine 2017 Sydney Wine Show
5 Top Gold, 14 Gold Medals