Rothbury Estate Semillon and Blends Wines
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Rothbury Estate Semillon and Blends Wines
The very pure bouquet has an array of grass, herb and citrus aromas, matched by the clarity of the palate, with its excellent mouthfeel, balance and length.
Bright medium green-yellow; the spotlessly clean and fragrant bouquet has a mix of gentle herb and citrus aromas; a lovely wine with a classic, tight structure and perfect balance; absolutely guaranteed to age. 10° alcohol. Right in the slot of the 2001 vintage.
Light green-yellow; the powerful bouquet has floral lemon and herb aromatics; the excellent palate has crisp lime and lemon flavours running through to a long finish. Gold medal 2001 Hunter Valley Wine Show.
This is a good investment I reckon, because it's the sort of wine that has been designed for ageingÑquite a bit wouldn't hurtÑso buy some and store it somewhere cool and dark. While it is a tight, fine, lemony wine at the moment, by 2006 it will be showing just a hint of toasty development and the colour will be a tiny bit deeper; by 2007, when the wine is five years old, you will really begin to see the magic of aged Hunter semillon.
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet is powerful, yet smooth, with lemony/herbaceous varietal fruit. The palate has good balance and style, showing citrus and lemon fruit, well-judged acidity and no characters from the wet vintage.
This is a very fine semillon from what was a 'big' Hunter year, not conducive to long-ageing whites. The colour is still light to mid-yellow and it's starting to build the classic toasty, lanolin, resin and candle-wax regional bouquet. In the mouth it's bone-dry and quite restrained, with lemon-butter flavours and surprising austerity. It will benefit from cellaring. Try it with pan-fried flounder.
Light to medium yellow-green; unusually complex and ripe fruit aromas, even verging into the tropical, are an altogether different take on the normal Hunter 2001 Semillons. The palate has plenty of flavour, is more lemony than the bouquet and hence more conventional, but is still ripe; will develop moderately quickly. Surprising, given it is only 10.7° alcohol.
Light straw-green; a classically clean, pure and correct aroma of herb, lemon and slate is followed by a beautifully balanced and tightly focussed wine, with tingling but not abrasive acidity; a classic cellaring prospect.
This is a very fine semillon, as you might expect. The colour is pale and it's fresh, youthful and restrained. The aromas are of straw, hand cream and lemon-soap - typical of the style. The taste is light-bodied, delicate and balanced. It finishes dry but soft. We think it's going to be a medium-term wine, and it drinks well young, with oysters.
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is clean, showing attractive lemony citrus aromas to the clearly accented varietal fruit. The palate, like the bouquet, is of medium intensity and weight, but does have good feel on the tongue and grip and power on the finish,
Light green-yellow; light, crisp, mineral and herb aromas lead into a very correct varietal palate with good length, and the certainty of developing well.
Medium yellow-green; a quite complex bouquet with smoky/toasty notes is followed by a palate with some of the same flavours, but without the length and fluidity of the Reserve.
Light to medium green-yellow; pungent herb/herbaceous aromas are striking, as is the intense, powerfully structured and long palate, sustained by high acidity. Outstanding potential.
Intense, distinctive lanolin varietal aromas; powerful, herb-accented palate; depth and length.
Classic wine thats a real pleasure to drink. Toasty honeydew nose and herbaceous fruit flavours over buttered toast, with a lingering, honeyed finish.
Very bright, crystal-clear wine with lovely honeyed citrus aromas and creamy, mouthwatering, tropical flavours with nice aged characters showing through.
Aged, toasty and butterscotch-like, with underlying fig, melon and lemony fruit. The wine, however, has been very adversely affected by the ashtray-like presence of what is likely to be smoke-taint from the bushfires that raged very near the vineyards responsible for this wine in 2003. In all honesty, I do not believe this wine should have been released.