2009 Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

6x750ml Bottles | RRP: $54.00 | $54.00 | Cracka Rating: 5/515


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2009 Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Semillon Sauvignon Blanc CrackaWines James Halliday 94 Ray Jordan 93
  • An oaked, textural, Sem-Sauv-with-the-lots style this combines the acidity that the Lenton Brae whites are famous for, with an extra layer of richness and fullness. The net result is full and clean and long and plain delicious.
    Cracka Wine Rating100
  • Lenton Brae has an unrivalled fidelity with blending Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc in Australia. In 2007, Lenton Brae celebrated 21 consecutive vintages of its Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. To mark this achievement, Lenton Brae produced a reserve wine blended from these two varieties; the 2007 Wilyabrup Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. As the wine proved to be so popular, we have decided to make it a permanent offering.

    Aromatically, the wine displays restrained lemon and citrus notes with a subtle, savoury oak influence. On the palate, the wine’s entry is soft and creamy and finishes with bright acidity and persistence. Approachable now, the wine will soften and continue to integrate in the medium term, though it has the fruit concentration to suggest long-term cellaring is possible.
  • James Halliday says:

    Light straw-green; a 60/40 blend, barrel-fermentation and maturation (used for the first time) in new French oak has added to, not detracted from, a wine with a proud track record, citrus and mineral flavours still foremost on a long, crisp palate.

    Best Drinking: To 2014
    94

    Ray Jordan says:

    This limited release blend differs from the standard blend in that it is blended first them gets nine months in new French oak, first in fermentation and then maturation. It really strikes as an entirely different wine with the barrel influence profound providing minerally funky notes to powerful fruit. It's still very tight with that lemony zip still racing across the palate. Will be worthwhile left in the cellar for an extended period.

    93

    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says:

    The perfume on this wine can be described as nothing short of astonishing, with lavender, bath talc, citrus blossom and cut grass; the palate is racy on entry, with zesty acidity commencing the journey and then the almond expression of barrel work drawing out the generous finish; exotic and thoroughly engaging, this has complexity and freshness in spades.

    Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
    95

    Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says:

    There is both confidence and grace here, a difficult combination to achieve in SSB fermented entirely in new oak – surely a testimony to both the predominance of semillon in the blend and to the expertise of the estate. This is a tightly focused style that completely soaks up very classy new oak, expressing itself more in texture than flavour. A compellingly poised profile of lemon, grapefruit, lime zest, subtle lantana nuances and the lightest brush of hazelnut is underlined by a pronounced and finely poised textural mouthfeel.

    Wine Taste Edition 104 2013
    94

    Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says:

    There is both confidence and grace here, a difficult combination to achieve in SSB fermented entirely in new oak - surely a testimony to both the predominance of semillon in the blend and to the expertise of the estate. This is a tightly focused style that completely soaks up very classy new oak, expressing itself more in texture than flavour. A compellingly poised profile of lemon, grapefruit, lime zest, subtle lantana nuances and the lightest brush of hazelnut is underlined by a pronounced and finely poised textural mouthfeel.

    Wine Taste Special Edition 104
    94

    Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says:

    Always up there with the best of this blend. Not surprising since these guys were among the first to make it. Fermented and matured in French oak which brings additional complexity and interest into the wine. Displays excellent texture with deep intense flavours help to a long finish by a lancing acidity.

    WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
    95

    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says:

    Stylish and finely crafted, with a dusty vanillin fragrance of gooseberries, white flowers and faint herbal notes. Long and smooth, with bright, juicy fruit tightly knit with creamy vanilla oak and backed by scents of dried herbs, it tapers gradually towards a long and focused finish of lively acidity.

    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
    93

    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:

    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    91

    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:

    Fragrant, fresh and focused, with a lightly herbaceous bouquet of pineapple, passionfruit and gooseberries before an intense, forward and rather concentrated palate of pure, essential fruit flavour. Wrapped in clean, lemony acids, it finishes with length and brightness.

    The Australian Wine Annual 2012
    93

    Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says:

    This is designed to add another impressive dimension to the standard semillon sauvignon blanc blend. It gets plenty of French oak fermentation and maturation adding both texture and complexity to the intensely flavoured fruit base. There's an appealing combination of creaminess with lovely lemon scented oak. Very long and just starting in its journey really.

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
    95

    Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says:

    The top-tier dry white blend from Lenton Brae is in fine fettle, showing all the complexity you'd expect from partial barrel fermentation, some green capsicum, fresh lemongrass and thai basil, cumquat and guava. The palate's finely assembled, with a sense of restraint and elegance. Good concentration and focus here - plenty of lemon citrus and melon, and some fresh almond through the finish.

    The Good Wine Guide 2012
    96

    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:

    A finely balanced oak-matured expression of this regional style, with a smoky, lightly funky bouquet of gooseberries, melon, lime and mineral knit with fresh vanilla and lightly toasty oak and backed by a hint of grassiness. It's rather round, creamy and viscous, but smoothes out over some toasty oak to deliver fresh melon and passionfruit-like flavour before finishing soft and creamy, with gentle acids.

    The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
    93

    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

    Somewhat richer and fuller- bodied than prior vintages, flavour achieved without reliance on alcohol; this is an unashamedly French oak barrel-fermented and matured style in classic White Bordeaux style.

    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    94

    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

    In typical Lenton Brae style, with immaculate line, length and balance, the French oak perfectly integrated with the mix of citrus, gooseberry and herbs. A special 100-case release through cellar door.

    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    94
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