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Ashbrook Estate Semillon

Cracka Rating

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This wine exhibits excellent fruit aromas with grassy notes before a palate that balances sweetness with a refreshing, crisp finish. A contender for fresh seafood, this wine is drinking well in its youth but will age superbly.

Winemaker's Notes

A classic example of what this variety can achieve in a warm maritime climate. Made in an unwooded style to retain and enhance varietal fruit freshness. Staggered harvesting of fruit from a combination of estate sites and trellising systems allows expression of a spectrum of aromas and flavours from sweet grassiness to punchy ripe citrus in the finished wine. This complexity also provides exceptional structure and palate weight with considerable ageing potential. Cellaring for five or more years is rewarded with rich complex nut, straw and toast characters in harmony with ripe lemon and sweet grassy nuances while still retaining a pleasantly surprising level of freshness, vibrancy and length.

Alc/Vol: 13.8%

expert reviews about

Ashbrook Estate Semillon

Expert Reviews

Ray Jordan (2014 Vintage) says
92
Ray Jordan (2012 Vintage) says
Semillon might not be the most fashionable variety but when you tuck into something as deliciously appealing as the Ashbrook, you just have to wonder why. The Devitts have been turning out terrific examples of this variety for years and this is another beauty. Loaded with fresh fruit flavours from the first sniff through to the final lick of the lips. Citrus and fresh mown grass on the nose, with an understated nutty background. The palate is zingy, lingering to a long finish. Nice cut of citrus and acid focuses the finish.
2018
93
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a wine full of flavour, a fleeting glimpse of fresh-cut grass before ripe citrus and some tropical fruit takes over; with an almost succulent mouthfeel; simply can't be compared to Hunter Valley semillon, and delicious now.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Semillon has been a string performer for Ashbrook over the years. This one opens with a really powerful and pungent aroma showing floral grassy overtones. On the palate it really sings with its intense melon tropical flavours kept lean and tight with a crisp lemon zest and lingering acidity. Made as a drink now style but with all the goodies to age for a number of years.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The alcohol would not be picked in a blind tasting; while the grassy/honeyed flavour is positive, the wine is light on its feet, the finish long, clean and balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
An intense, herbaceous bouquet; exceptional finesse for a wine of 14º alcohol; very good overall character and presence; great length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a complex bouquet of herb, grass and spice; very lively and tangy, with some lemon bolt-on flavours; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; extremely rich and powerful, with ripe, sweet, citrussy fruit. Substantial mouthfeel from 14 ° alcohol, but not hot. Gold medal Sheraton Wine Awards 2005
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
In inimitable Margaret River style: powerful, tight and focused, carrying its 14° alcohol with ease. Enough flavour now or later.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
Ray Jordan (2003 Vintage) says
These guys have been making a serious statement with this fresh unoaked Semillon style for some years now. It relies of stacks of fruit flavour flavour combining finesse with an underlying depth of flavour. I prefer these wines to be drunk as youngsters though they have the structure to cellar for a few years. Nice wine
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; a complex and quite intense bouquet suggests the use of some oak (there is in fact none) or lees contact; the palate has good length and intensity, with sweet lemon and lime fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Glowing green-yellow; the complex and rich bouquet is suggestive of lees contact or a small percentage of barrel ferment, but in fact simply comes from the richness of the fruit. The palate is similarly rich and soft, with supple mouthfeel, having the weight of Chardonnay, and the taste of (Margaret River) Semillon.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is quite aromatic, with ripe fruit running through a mix of tropical and more zesty characters. A soft, easy style, fresh and clean on the palate although not quite the intensity of prior vintages.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the aromas of the bouquet are almost juicy, so strong is the citrus-accented fruit; the palate, too, is bright, fresh and elegant with juicy lime flavours neatly balanced by crisp acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
88
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; there is excellent varietal fruit on the bouquet, showing perfect balance and ripeness, faintly herbaceous (in the best sense) yet not green. The palate, too, shows a range of flavours from sweet, almost tropical, through to more herbaceous notes. As ever, a very distinguished wine.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
92

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