Winemaker Iain Riggs made the comment during vintage 2014 that he thought in 32 years there were no more surprises left. Except of course starting picking on the 8th January. Once upon a time before the private irrigation scheme went through the valley, some Shiraz was picked in late January but Semillon was always early February. Not so any more. The winter and the spring of 2013 were very dry, in fact 207mm in the last 5 months of the year. Lower crop and low foliage equals early picking except vintage 2014 was not too dissimilar to 2000 where at 10 to 11 baumé there was still quite a bit of ‘green’ character. Lots of vineyard walks and discussion saw the decision to pick a bit riper meant slightly higher alcohols. But everything is still under 12% just no low 10s. Excellent colours with plenty of luminous greens and bright acidity a feature. In terms of tasting notes, not much to separate 2013 and 2014, so we didn’t.
- NSW - Hunter Valley
- New South Wales
Winery Tasting Notes
The warmer weather has resulted in great fruit intensity.
The colours in 2014 are outstanding, lots of luminous green tints.
Lifted aromas of citrus/lemongrass notes.
Sweet fruit flavours with great lime juice acidity.
This is an outstanding young Hunter Valley Semillon and great drinking now or this will age gracefully if a more mature style is desired.
Asian food, any seafood especially freshly shucked oysters.