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2011 James Estate Reserve Hunter Semillon

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Not just gold in colour but a Gold medal winner too, this Reserve Semillon is a reminder why the Hunter Valley makes some of the world's most unique whites. This has vital aromas of citrus and pear with hints of spice. The palate delivers flinty citrus with a crisp structure and an amazing acid line. Just perfect with freshly shucked oysters.

Winemaker's Notes

Wine style: Medium bodied dry white wine.

Winemaker's comments: Sourced from our Hayshed block, this 2011 Semillon has intense aromas of fresh citrus and pear. A delicate and refreshing wine in its youth with ripe primary fruit character and tight acidity.

Appearance: Vibrant pale straw, with green hues.

Nose: Fragrant citrus and pear with hints of tropical fruit and spice.

Palate: Crisp and elegant structure with an exotic mix of citrus, ripe tropical flavours, and flint. A tight acid line draws out the flavours to give a long persistent finish.

Cellaring: Drink young and fresh, however with careful cellaring this will develop the hallmark toast and honey that Hunter Semillons are famous for. This wine is destined to age beautifully for 5 -10 years.

Serve: Slightly chilled.

Food: Seafood dishes, and light summery meals.

Awards:
Gold - Perth Royal Wine Show 2011
Silver - Boutique Wine Awards 2011
Silver - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2011
Silver - Riverina Wine Show 2011
Bronze - Cairns Wine Show 2011

Alc/vol: 11.0%

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2011 James Estate Reserve Hunter Semillon

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; as with so many modern Hunter Valley semillons, shares many characteristics in common with young riesling; this modern style seems to be in part due to yeast selection and screwcaps, a combination enhancing citrus and pear fruit on the bouquet, reappearing on the finish and aftertaste.
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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale green-quartz; the typical intensity, the spread of aromas and flavours in the 'new' style, with specific cultured yeast(s) helping build the citrus and pear fruits, but without detracting from the sharply focused, laser-like line of the palate.
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