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2008 Umamu Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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The secret here is all about some clever oak ageing, with 30% of this wine matured in oak barrels. What that does is flesh out this Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, transforming it from a slightly homogenous fresh dry white wine into something more textural and interesting.

Winemaker's Notes

The vine canopy is divided so that the shoots grow up and down from the cordon in order to improve light interception and hence development of flavours during ripening while reducing any microclimate humidity. Minimal intervention was needed on the 25 year old Sauvignon Blanc block which is located at 130 metres above sea level, one of the highest blocks in the Margaret River region.

The varieties were vinified separately, selecting an aromatic yeast for the Sauvignon Blanc, and a textural yeast for the Semillon. A portion was fermented in French oak barrels to provide some background complexities and textures. This final blend was assembled when all the wines had completed fermentation.

Appearance: A clear vibrant pale straw with green hues.

Nose: Beautiful citrus coming through.

Palate: Lovely balance and crisp acid. Delicious and mouthwatering. Medium intensity with good concentration and finish.

Varietal: 61% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Semillon.

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2008 Umamu Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; has it all, especially on the palate where herb, citrus and kiwi fruit coalesce, as they do so drawing in a touch of toasty oak; but it is the supple mouthfeel that makes this wine so special.
95
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
A lot more complex than the standard version of this blend. Shows the normal fresh citrus and grassy tropical characters, albeit in more subdued fashion, but the background of slightly smoky oak adds a new dimension to it. A beautifully precise and focussed wine.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; has it all, especially on the palate where herb, citrus and kiwi fruit coalesce, as they do so drawing in a touch of toasty oak; but it is the supple mouthfeel that makes this wine so special.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Obviously starting to show some secondary characters but the wine retains its essential freshness both on the nose and palate. Lifted notes of tropical fruit and a little dollop of honey and cream. The palate has generated some texture and flesh yet the lively citrus tang remains a feature. Best drunk now.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
88
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
This blended white which has a little oak treatment is starting to shift into its next gear with some subtle secondary development. Creamy and slightly toasty stone fruit aromas with a still fine balanced and crisp lean palate. Layers of complexity build to an impressive finish.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
90
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
This blend has been given a light touch of oak and it works well. It has retained its freshness but is also showing some rather delicious toasty honey and nectarine characters coming from the extra year or two in bottle. Nice dry finish.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide
84
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Some light oak infusion has softened the fruit line to make an attractive, early-drinking style.
To 2009
Australian Wine Companion 2009
87

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