150 Year Old Vines Semillon 2014
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Tasting Notes

This strictly limited release hand-crafted wine is the quintessential Barossa Semillon. A bright and balanced wine with complex aromas of lemon, spice and beeswax. Nutty cashew and nougat notes are intertwined creating a complex palate, rich and smooth, deliciously flavoured, superbly textured with a dry finish and extensive persistence. 

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, prior to gentle basket pressing with the juice allowed to settle naturally before racking to eight French oak barrels for fermentation. This was followed by seven months barrel maturation with regular lees stirring to enhance aroma and structure whilst building flavour complexity and length. Although approachable in its youth this classic Barossa Valley Semillon, with its tightly wound palate and considerable breadth and length of citrus fruit flavours, is built for a long life in the cellar.

Vinification

The Barossa Old Vine Charter was instituted to register vineyards by age, so that older vines could be preserved, retained and promoted. The grapes for this wine come from the Cirillo family’s single vineyard of “Barossa Ancestor Vines” in the Vine Vale sub-region of the Barossa Valley, planted in the 1850’s. These low yielding “Barossa Ancestor Vines ” have stood strong and proud for more than one hundred  and fifty years and are a living tribute to Barossa’s early European settlers. 

* Limited Release wine 1944 bottles produced.  

Reviews
95 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Bright, medium to light yellow colour; lovely nose with lemon, spice and beeswax aromas, the nutty cashew, nougat notes suggestive of an oaked component. The palate is rich and smooth, deliciously flavoured, soft, superbly textured and easy drinking, dry finish with good persistence. Good low-crop concentration: a superb wine, already drinking very well. March 2015
95 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Planted in the 1850s. Lime, honey toast, white flowers, sweet dried grass. Intense burst of flavour and acidity in the mouth, though softened and glossed up with a little barrel work and creamy lemon butter flavour and texture. Scintillating acidity and great length, all flinty and lip smacking to close, though never austere, seductive at every turn. This is dynamite. April 2015
94 Points
Review by: James Halliday, http://www.winecompanion.com.au/
38/28/27/7%, each component made and matured separately in an assemblage of various oaks for 19 months before blending and bottling. Clever winemaking has produced the maximum result, with a suite of predominantly red fruits on a palate notable for its freshness and drinkability. Great value. May 2016      
Silver Medal
Review by: International Wine Challenge 2016

 

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CLOSURE
Stelvin

WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
White
BOUQUET
Lemon, Spice and Beeswax aromas.
PALATE
Lemon-barley, cashew and nougat notes.
GRAPE VARIETY
100 % Semillon
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
12.2
RESIDUAL SUGAR
3.1g/L
ACIDITY
7.53
pH
3.05
MATURATION
Seven months barrel maturation with lees stirring.
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Sold Out
Tasting Notes

This strictly limited release hand-crafted wine is the quintessential Barossa Semillon. A bright and balanced wine with complex aromas of lemon, spice and beeswax. Nutty cashew and nougat notes are intertwined creating a complex palate, rich and smooth, deliciously flavoured, superbly textured with a dry finish and extensive persistence. 

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, prior to gentle basket pressing with the juice allowed to settle naturally before racking to eight French oak barrels for fermentation. This was followed by seven months barrel maturation with regular lees stirring to enhance aroma and structure whilst building flavour complexity and length. Although approachable in its youth this classic Barossa Valley Semillon, with its tightly wound palate and considerable breadth and length of citrus fruit flavours, is built for a long life in the cellar.

Vinification

The Barossa Old Vine Charter was instituted to register vineyards by age, so that older vines could be preserved, retained and promoted. The grapes for this wine come from the Cirillo family’s single vineyard of “Barossa Ancestor Vines” in the Vine Vale sub-region of the Barossa Valley, planted in the 1850’s. These low yielding “Barossa Ancestor Vines ” have stood strong and proud for more than one hundred  and fifty years and are a living tribute to Barossa’s early European settlers. 

* Limited Release wine 1944 bottles produced.  

Reviews
95 Points

Score: 95 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Bright, medium to light yellow colour; lovely nose with lemon, spice and beeswax aromas, the nutty cashew, nougat notes suggestive of an oaked component. The palate is rich and smooth, deliciously flavoured, soft, superbly textured and easy drinking, dry finish with good persistence. Good low-crop concentration: a superb wine, already drinking very well. March 2015

95 Points

Score: 95 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Planted in the 1850s. Lime, honey toast, white flowers, sweet dried grass. Intense burst of flavour and acidity in the mouth, though softened and glossed up with a little barrel work and creamy lemon butter flavour and texture. Scintillating acidity and great length, all flinty and lip smacking to close, though never austere, seductive at every turn. This is dynamite. April 2015

94 Points

Score: 94 Points
Review by: James Halliday, http://www.winecompanion.com.au/
38/28/27/7%, each component made and matured separately in an assemblage of various oaks for 19 months before blending and bottling. Clever winemaking has produced the maximum result, with a suite of predominantly red fruits on a palate notable for its freshness and drinkability. Great value. May 2016      

Silver Medal
Review by: International Wine Challenge 2016

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2015 |  2017 | 
CLOSURE
Stelvin

WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
White
BOUQUET
Lemon, Spice and Beeswax aromas.
PALATE
Lemon-barley, cashew and nougat notes.
GRAPE VARIETY
100 % Semillon
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
12.2
RESIDUAL SUGAR
3.1g/L
ACIDITY
7.53
pH
3.05
MATURATION
Seven months barrel maturation with lees stirring.

 

 

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