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Brokenwood `ILR Reserve` Semillon 1997 (5x 750ml), Hunter. Cork

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0014-2471020

Part of Sale: Iconic Fine Wines Ft. Chateau Margaux 1er Grand Cru 1983

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Overview

There are some toasty/honey flavours starting on the palate. With age the lanolin/vanillin richness will build further on the back palate. This can sometimes be confused with an oak character but definitely no oak in these wines. Still a youthful wine at 5 years (on release) in many respects, with zesty fruit which can be enjoyed now or capable of further bottle maturation to give a rich, toasty Hunter Semillon. Good acid balance and a long finish.

Region:
NSW - Hunter Valley
State:
New South Wales
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

95 Points. James Halliday - Wine Companion. 20 July 2011

Glowing medium to full yellow-green; very complex toasty/grassy/herbal aromas on the bouquet come through strongly on the palate, where they are joined by some honey, and freshened on the finish by good acidity and the remnants of a touch of CO2. Built for the long haul.

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale green in colour with the typical Hunter Semillon luminous background colour just starting to show.

Aroma

Aromas include hay/straw and some bee’s wax.

Palate

There are some toasty/honey flavours starting on the palate. With age the lanolin/vanillin richness will build further on the back palate. This can sometimes be confused with an oak character but definitely no oak in these wines. Still a youthful wine at 5 years (on release) in many respects, with zesty fruit which can be enjoyed now or capable of further bottle maturation to give a rich, toasty Hunter Semillon. Good acid balance and a long finish.

Cellaring Potential

An impressive Semillon from a year that will reward drinking now or further cellaring.

Food Matching

Asian food, any seafood especially fresh shucked oysters.

Winemaking Note

Harvesting all by hand. The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Neutral yeasts for the fermentation and bottled in June. Only stainless steel, no oak and no malolactic fermentation.

Vintage
1997
Region
NSW - Hunter Valley
Grape Style
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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At nearly 40 years young, Brokenwood Wines, in the heart of the Hunter Valley, can lay claim to not only an iconic vineyard with the Graveyard Vineyard but to the preservation of a wine fraternity that proudly has as its mission statement, 'to make great wine and have fun'.

The original land that was to become the Cricket Pitch Vineyard was purchased in 1970 and planted immediately to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Graveyard Vineyard, planted to Shiraz in 1968, was bought in 1978 and by the mid 1980s was producing a premium Single Vineyard wine. The first Langton's Classification of Premium Australian Wine was launched in 1993 and the Graveyard Shiraz was then, and remains, the highest-placed Hunter Valley Shiraz.

The Hunter Valley is renowned for its dry table wines of Semillon and Shiraz. Brokenwood's production of these is further supported by premium grapes from as far afield as Orange, Beechworth and McLaren Vale.

Today, Brokenwood boasts an impressive array of premium quality wines, sourced from 'all the right regions, for all the right reasons', from the Graveyard Shiraz to the Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Cricket Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot.

“Our philosophy is to produce wine that focuses on the unique regional characteristics of the Hunter Valley and premium wine regions throughout Australia.” Iain Riggs, Chief Winemaker & Managing Director, Brokenwood Wines.

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