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.
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.
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.
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Review by: James Halliday, http://www.winecompanion.com.au/
Review by: International Wine Challenge 2016