2011 Tulloch Semillon
2015 James Estate Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon
The Tulloch family have been making wine in the Hunter Valley since Adam was a boy. Okay, not quite that long but if anyone knows how to make great Hunter Valley Semillon then they are the ones to ask. And at less that 11% alcohol this juicy, fresh Semillon is the kind of wine you can sip a glass or two without pulling out the Panadol. Fish and chips special although go easy on the tartare.
Pale straw with a green hue.
Nose: Lifted notes of citrus, sweet pea and mineral aromas.
Palate: Zesty citrus and flinty characters are balanced with a well structured acid backbone.
Food: Oysters and seafood.
Tyson Stelzer says:“
An early drinking vintage for Tulloch semillon, with tropical fruits and mandarins, pulling into a fresh, zesty finish with nicely defined acidity.Wine 100, October Issue91
Nick Stock says:“
A bright, crisp and whisper-clean young semillon that offers plenty of lemon balm and lanolin on the nose; some faintly estery notes here too. The palate's juicy and not too aggressively pitched: solid waxy, musky melon-fruit flavours; some lemon sherbet too. Nice balance.
Best Drinking: NowThe Good Wine Guide91
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says:“
Wow, are there some bargains to be found in the Hunter this year! Excellent purity of lemon, lime and spice with a long, seamless finish underlined by lovely minerality and focused drive.94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2012 201193
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:“
Bright, light straw-green; the bouquet is slightly less floral and more citrussy/grassy than Field of Mars; it has very good focus and length, with more mouthfeel than most, reflecting its marginally higher alcohol.
Best Drinking: 202494
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
A lively, crisp wine made from an Upper Hunter vineyard; mineral, grass and herbs lurk in the background, a touch of lemon in the foreground. Plenty to come.Australian Wine Companion 2010 200991
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
An extra dimension of flavour without sacrificing elegance, varietal character or regional character; that said, almost strays into young riesling territory, so delicious is the fruit. Gold medal Hunter Valley Wine Show '06.Australian Wine Companion 2008 200794
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:“
Light straw-green; spotlessly clean; fine, bright lemon/slate/herb/mineral flavours; vibrant mouthfeel; perfect fruit ripeness for the long haul.Australian Wine Companion 2007 200694
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:“
Very fleshy and full style, suggesting higher alcohol than 11°; best now, rather than later.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“
Classic fresh, young Semillon; sweet lemon/lemon rind; good balance and soft acidity.Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005