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2015 Dunsborough Hills Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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Are there Hills in Dunsborough? God knows. But all you need to know is whether they make a good blend of Sauvignon Semillon and of course they do, else we’d not be offering it to you. Blends like this are what the Margaret River does best. Semillon lends cut grass flavours on the nose and palate while Sauvignon Blanc brings a tropical party to the mouth with fruit salad flavours through to the long finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The Dunsborough Hills collection of Western Australian table wines have two defining styles - whites which are essentially dry, relying on fruit rather than sugar to drive flavour, and reds where oak is restrained and once again the fruit dominates the wine.

Most of the fruit is sourced from four vineyards in the Margaret River region. In 1995 and 1996, 50 acres were planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz. In 1997 a further 50 acres was planted, more Shiraz and Semillon, plus Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Malbec and Merlot were planted in 1998. Verdelho and additional Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from Willyabrup, in the north of the Margaret River region.

Viticulture is carried out with one objective - to grow fruit of the highest quality. Yields are kept low so as to get maximum flavour intensity. Pest control for slugs, snails and beetles is done by chickens and ducks, minimising the use of chemical sprays.

The wines are made at two wineries in Margaret River - Evans and Tate (Richard Rowe), and Flying Fish Cove. Some reds are crushed, chilled and tankered by road train to Watervale, SA, where David O'Leary makes the wine.

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2015 Dunsborough Hills Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Aromatic, tropical gooseberry fruit on a solid core of semillon; powerful, but does shorten slightly.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the crisp, minerally bouquet is very typical of the 2002 vintage, with slightly suppressed fruit aromas; the lively, long lemon/mineral palate leaves the mouth fresh.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
89

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