386 CASES PRODUCED
The site of the Mount Horrocks Semillon, while just a few hundred metres from the Riesling vineyard, is very different. Weaker soil and rockier, the vines struggle even in a ‘normal’ season. Stephanie had a very good reason for choosing this site, with its weak topsoil over hard rock, rather than the soft-rock profile nearby.
Semillon vines need to be challenged if flavoursome wines are the aim. The semillon variety is notorious for producing big bunches, if given the chance. Small bunches are produced on poorer soils and can produce more intense wines. It’s about tempering the vigour of the vine and its tendency to produce high yields. In this case long lingering lemon flavours are complemented by creamy lees complexity achieved during nine months’ maturation in French oak.
Light yellow-gold with a lime edge. Apple, lemon and lime fruit aromas over spiced oak. Flavoursome, without being heavy, this oak-aged semillon is a truly distinctive wine. Generously flavoured, citrus and baked apple fruit, stylish oak and gently creamy barrel ferment texture, its zesty acidity ensuring the flavours linger long.
Delicious drinking now yet has a decade’s ageing ahead, if you wish.