100 Year Old Vines Semillon 2013
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Tasting Notes

The wine displays lifted aromas of lemon and lime flavours. The palate is tightly structured with a crisp fresh citrus and a zesty persistent finish.

 
Winemaking

The grapes were hand-picked during the first week of February and were destemmed, but not crushed, before gentle basket pressing with the juice allowed to settle before fermetation in just nine French oak barriques (one new and eight seasoned). This was followed by seven months' barrel maturation in our cellars with regular lees stirring to enhance aroma and structure whilst building flavour complexity, depth and length.  

 

 

Vinification

Many priceless old vine Semillon vineyards are under threat in the Barossa, however in making this wine we have preserved an important part of the Barossa's heritage. The nose shows lifted aromas of citrus fruits and lemon butter with a hint of vanilla from partial wild yeast and barrel fermentation and maturation. The palate is delicate, yet intense, with great line and length finishing with a natural and refreshing acidity.

 

 

Reviews
96 Points, Special Value
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
The vines are in fact 120 years old. Hand-picked bunches were destemmed, but not crushed, before basket pressing. Technically, this would be extremely difficult. Fermentation followed in nine French barriques; matured for seven months. Meyer lemon, lemongrass and an overarching minerality promise great things for the years ahead. Its value lies as much in its history as its quality, both of a high degree.
94 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Lemon barley, lemon butter, spice, guava, some vanilla cream. Medium bodied, rich and powerful, but very neatly tucked in with a fine powdery texture, balanced acidity and terrific length - dry and chalky to close. Aftertaste of Bickfords lime and water. Tops.
Best of Semillon 2015
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015
96 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Bright, light yellow colour, young for its age. Restrained, tight, crisp aromas, fresh and youthful. Candlewax and a little honey. The palate is crisp and lively, tangy and fresh, young and bright, but also endowed with fleshy extract adding a richness that is quite superb. Paradoxically, it seems younger than the 2014. The finish is dry, seamless and delicious: a superb fish wine. It will have a long life.

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2012 | 
CLOSURE
Lux Stelvin

WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
White
GRAPE VARIETY
100 % Semillon
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
11.5 %
RESIDUAL SUGAR
2.3g/L
ACIDITY
7.65g/L
pH
3.01
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Tasting Notes

The wine displays lifted aromas of lemon and lime flavours. The palate is tightly structured with a crisp fresh citrus and a zesty persistent finish.

 
Winemaking

The grapes were hand-picked during the first week of February and were destemmed, but not crushed, before gentle basket pressing with the juice allowed to settle before fermetation in just nine French oak barriques (one new and eight seasoned). This was followed by seven months' barrel maturation in our cellars with regular lees stirring to enhance aroma and structure whilst building flavour complexity, depth and length.  

 

 

Vinification

Many priceless old vine Semillon vineyards are under threat in the Barossa, however in making this wine we have preserved an important part of the Barossa's heritage. The nose shows lifted aromas of citrus fruits and lemon butter with a hint of vanilla from partial wild yeast and barrel fermentation and maturation. The palate is delicate, yet intense, with great line and length finishing with a natural and refreshing acidity.

 

 

Reviews

96 Points, Special Value

Score: 96 Points & Special Value
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
The vines are in fact 120 years old. Hand-picked bunches were destemmed, but not crushed, before basket pressing. Technically, this would be extremely difficult. Fermentation followed in nine French barriques; matured for seven months. Meyer lemon, lemongrass and an overarching minerality promise great things for the years ahead. Its value lies as much in its history as its quality, both of a high degree.

94 Points

Score: 94 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Lemon barley, lemon butter, spice, guava, some vanilla cream. Medium bodied, rich and powerful, but very neatly tucked in with a fine powdery texture, balanced acidity and terrific length - dry and chalky to close. Aftertaste of Bickfords lime and water. Tops.

Best of Semillon 2015

Score: Best of Semillon 2015
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015

96 Points

Score: 96 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Bright, light yellow colour, young for its age. Restrained, tight, crisp aromas, fresh and youthful. Candlewax and a little honey. The palate is crisp and lively, tangy and fresh, young and bright, but also endowed with fleshy extract adding a richness that is quite superb. Paradoxically, it seems younger than the 2014. The finish is dry, seamless and delicious: a superb fish wine. It will have a long life.

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2012 | 
CLOSURE
Lux Stelvin

WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
White
GRAPE VARIETY
100 % Semillon
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
11.5 %
RESIDUAL SUGAR
2.3g/L
ACIDITY
7.65g/L
pH
3.01
HI-RES PHOTO
Click here to download.

 

 

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