The nose shows lifted aromas of citrus fruits and lemon butter with a hint of vanilla from partial barrel fermentation and maturation. The palate is delicate, yet intense, with great line and length finishing with a natural and refreshing acidity.
Handpicked early in the morning, the fruit was delivered cool to the winery. Gentle pressing to minimise phenolics and cold settling preceeded a long, cool fermentation averaging 14°C.
A portion (10%) of the Semillon was fermented in new French oak using a wild yeast to give added complexity and structure to the wine.
Review by: Rutherglen Wine Show 2010
Review by: Sydney Royal Wine Show 2011
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012
Review by: Tony Love, The Advertiser
Review by: Winestate, Winestate Magazine
Review by: James Halliday
This very important historic winery building has been brought back to its glory days by South African-born cricket tragic John Geber. This wine is made from 80 year-old vines in a single vineyard at Vine Vale; partial barrel fermentation (doubtless older barrels) and maturation have worked well, without obscuring the varietal fruit. It has enough weight and texture to be enjoyed now, or will benefit from medium-term cellaring. Given its heritage, very good value. James Halliday. 91 Points
1001 WINES UNDER $20 - 2012