World-renowned wine writer Jancis Robinson famously announced, “Hunter Semillon is Australia’s unique gift to the wine world.” It came as no surprise then that the Best Dry White Wine of the Show at the 2011 Hunter Valley Wine Show went to the region’s most famous Semillon – Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2006.
So what makes this region-variety combination so harmonious? This question was summed up by Ralph Kyte-Powell in a Selector magazine earlier this year. “The style was determined by the capricious climate of the Hunter Valley, where grapes had to be picked early to avoid the summer rains, resulting in only moderate levels of ripeness and high levels of acidity. Over the years, such circumstances meant Hunter Semillon evolved a unique personality, partly due to its improbable ability to build character and impact with long bottle age.”
This means that Hunter Valley Semillon holds immense appeal at both ends of the age spectrum. As a young wine it’s pale, crisp and dry with fresh lemon delicacy while with age it develops richness, complexity, smoothness and depth. This transformation can take place over any number of years from 5 to 20.
The other results of the Hunter Valley Wine Show also cemented Semillon as the region’s best performing white variety.
Current Vintage Dry White Wine: Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard The Ridge Semillon 2011
Premium Vintage Dry White Wine: Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2006
Museum Vintage Dry White Wine: Tempus Two Wines Zenith Semillon 2003
Dry White Wine Currently Available: Allandale Winery Semillon 2007
Best Named Vineyard Wine: Thomas Wines Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon 2007
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