Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Mount Pleasant Wines

Lovedale Hunter Valley Sémillon 2013

Medium lemon colour with green reflexes . On the nose quite intense lime syrup , lemon peel, with honey , green herbs and a candle wax note . On the palate lime cordial and pithy lemon rind notes with a honied richness. Quite high , almost saline acidity . Quite intense with good length and slightly honied , toasty , herbal tinged finish. This is drinking well now though still showing quite young . Drink over the next 10-15 years — 6 days ago

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Brokenwood

ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Sémillon 2017

No formal notes. Quite rich , grassy and waxy but still lots of lime and lemon character . Quite taught , mostly lean lime and lemon , beeswax character fruit on the palate . Long and detailed on the finish with a toasty touch . Great intensity . Needs time , still quite primary , I would expect this will improve over the next 10-15 years and last well a further 10 @ Brokenwood Winery , Hunter Valley — 19 days ago

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Clonakilla

Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2014

Another favourite Australian Red but this 2014 vintage not showing as well as it normally does. I put it down to the vintage. Aromatically it is spicy but subdued; digging deeper there is earth and clove with herbs. With time, meaty aromas emerge. Perhaps more time will reveal more and provide more depth on the palate. — 20 days ago

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Brokenwood

Hunter Valley Sémillon 2012

Light lemon colour . Beeswax , lemongrass , lemon peel on the nose. On the palate good body, with lemon and lime notes , beeswax and a herbaceous tinge . Still fresh acidity , this comes across as really quite young still, without the honied, toasty notes you expect with age . Still quite light on its feet, elegant and relatively lean . The length is ok , and perhaps lacks a little intensity on the mid palate , but for the basic Semillon this shows well . Drink now and over the next 10 years — 18 days ago

Ira, Tom and 4 others liked this

Silkman

Hunter Valley Sémillon 2011

Medium gold green colour . Green and grassy on the nose , blackcurrant leaf, after a while some lemon confit notes and beeswax. On the palate nice round , lemon , white peach , greengage notes , medium bodied , you wouldn’t guess it had only 11% alcohol . Medium high balanced acidity , slightly toasty note on the decent length finish . This is drinking well now , though absolutely no rush , now and over the next 10 years ? — 21 days ago

Severn, Tom and 3 others liked this

De Bortoli

Noble One Botrytis Sémillon 2020

Sweet. Stone fruits (apricot and peach). I would score it higher if it had a bit more acidity. Enjoyed with a pear tart. — 13 days ago

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Clonakilla

Canberra District Riesling 2014

Wish I had another dozen of these in the cellar. So good. Awesome flavour concentration and intensity. Superb! 👌🏽❤️ — 4 months ago

Bob, Ceccherini and 2 others liked this

Brokenwood

Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 2021

No formal notes. Bright bright ruby colour , pink rim . Quite high toned red fruit with a touch of smoked spice on the nose , attractive and inviting . Strawberry , red plum , raspberry , orange rind and black pepper on the palate , mirroring the nose . Very good depth , rounded , velvety but noticeable tannins . Good fresh acidity, detailed and precise on the palate . Saline touch on the long finish with balanced alcohol. This is at the beginning of a long life , though it’s quality is clear . Even better in 10 years and last a further 10-15 — 19 days ago

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Andrew Cullimore

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Thanks for the ideas Bob , Tyrrells I visited yesterday , a great place to go !
Bob McDonald

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They have some hard to get old vine Shiraz like Old Patch; 4 Acres and Johnnos Shiraz. Unless you’re a member I’ve had to buy through retailers who charge a lot more. Perhaps offered at Cellar Door but production would be small.
Andrew Cullimore

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Yes most of the limited wines they had sold out of … which I suppose is no surprise . But they did have a few older vintages of some of the Semillons, which I managed to purchase !

Tyrrell's Wines

Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon 2017

World class! Stunning beauty of a wine. Silky, lemon-lime fruit with a very long finish. — 13 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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I really need to get AUS Semillon into the rotation.
Andrew Cullimore

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Great pick that one @Byron Hewett , had it recently really is worth the effort to find !

Lake's Folly

Hunter Valley Cabernets 1987

Great wine. Just enough fruit left but seems a touch past its prime. — 2 months ago

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