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Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon

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Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon

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James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Incredibly pale, although bright, straw-green; this is the best ILR so far made; while delicate and elegant, the citrus, lemongrass and mineral components are utterly seamless, the palate of perfect balance and length. Arguably its Achilles heel is the pleasure it gives now, as too few will experience the increased complexity of further age.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
98
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
ILR has earned a revered position among the top semillons of the Hunter Valley, and hence of the world, and it’s vintages like 2007 that confirm it. Very backward for its release at six years of age, yet still generous and complex, with notes of quince, red apple and blood orange. Great concentration and intensity are united with a backbone of commanding focus, with excellent acid structure and persistent drive. It’s very long, with toast and roast nut complexity rising from a pure, primary lemon and preserved lemon core.
Wine Taste Weekly -28/01/14
96
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Preserved lemon, citrus blossom, damp gardens still fresh and early maturity. The palate has an excellent lemony acidity, light bodied and great energy and drive of fresh fruit with blossom and lanolin. The front and the back are not yet tied by mid palate maturity suggesting holding for several more years before drinking. Start drinking in 2016 when the lemon honey flavours start.
Rob Geddes MW
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Straw-green, still bright and relatively light; at the first moment of the emergence of honey and toast from its lime and mineral womb, but has many years before it becomes an adult. Thus you have the best of all worlds, drink it now, tomorrow, or in 10 years or more by which time the honey, toast and nut characters will be at their zenith.
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011 2011
96
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
An outstanding and long-lived ILR, contrasting the pure freshness of kaffir lime and lemon with the richness of roast nuts and butter. The youthful drive of a linear acid profile holds forth, carrying into a long finish of integration and poise, promising a tremendous future.
96
Tyson Stelzer (2005 Vintage) says
ILR plays front row for the A-team of Hunter semillon and 2005 is equal with its most successful seasons ever. Pristine semillon of the highest order, still a youthful, verdant green, ricocheting with the purest lemon, lime and lemongrass and a faint hint of roast nut maturity. It’ll keep kicking goals for decades.
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James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Pale, bright straw-green; still incredibly youthful, but with wonderfully intense honey and citrus flavours and aromas, the first signs of toast in the background. Great semillon from a great vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Tyson Stelzer (2004 Vintage) says
This is the wine to drink while you're waiting for Belford to come around, because it's beautifully mature and ready to go. The full spectrum of Semillon flavours are tucked into its folds, from lime, lemon and apple, through cut grass and lanolin to the aged complexity of spice, roast nuts and wild honey.
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Still pale, but bright colour, with green tints; a wine of extreme finesse, magically combining freshness and delicacy with clear varietal expression ranging from nuances of honey and toast through to bright citrus, grass and mineral notes.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Slightly pungent, punchy and meaty, this heady, floral semillon reveals smoky undertones of dried flowers, Iime juice and hints of lanolin. It's smooth and luxuriant, delivering a long, seamless palate of intense melon/citrus fruit before fine, chalky and mineral undertones cut in at the finish. Bone-dry, it's a stylish, sophisticated and finely balanced wine for the long term. Its major problem is that it's so delicious already.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Bright, light green-straw; a complex bouquet, still unfurling into the characteristic toast and honey which will grow as the wine ages.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Brilliant green-yellow, spotlessly clean and still youthful, with lemon and lanolin aromas, and touches of toast and honey lurking in the shadows.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
96
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Fine, delightfully tight and crisp; an absolute definition of Hunter Valley Semillon style, the finish going on forever. Cork is the only threat.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Complex, rich toasty overtones to lemony fruit on the bouquet, then a palate with lovely sweet lemony fruit allied with toast, the freshness sustained by the last vestiges of CO2.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
96

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