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Capercaillie Hunter Valley Semillon

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Capercaillie is one of the Hunter Valley’s stalwart wineries that continue to make wines that are true to the region like this fresh Semillon from the terrific 2011 vintage. This wine shows how good this wine style is in its youth with hints of green herb and fresh apple aromas. Pair it with some medium spiced Thai food or seafood to enjoy a crisp, textured palate with great length.

Winemaker's Notes

A classic Hunter Valley Semillon exhibiting lemon and ripe lime characters on the nose and the palate. Fresh clean acidity balances this wine, while fruit flavours dominate. A perfect accompaniment to all varieties of seafood or pre dinner. Enjoy now or in many years to come.

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Capercaillie Hunter Valley Semillon

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Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
It might lack genuine depth of flavour, but this delicate, dusty and and lightly herbaceous semillon has a faintly waxy bouquet of melon and gooseberries. It's long and tight, with a traditionally lean, taut focus and bracing lemony acidity, but reveals a genuinely persistent, if slightly herbal presence of fruit.
2017-2020
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Chalky, green apple aromas and tart green fruit flavours. Typical young Hunter.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A spotlessly clean bouquet is followed by a star-bright and pure palate with nuances of lemon, grass, herb and mineral; a feather-like but long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Very smart, spicy, tropical/passionfruit wine. Nice pungency on the nose and huge, mouthwatering acid attack on the palate. ÐServe with a brie _ yummy,Ó suggested one judge.
Winestate 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
At the grassy/minerally end of the spectrum, but certainly has length, with attractive lemony acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Fresh, lively citrus aromas leap out the glass. Creamy/yeasty palate has delicious varietal flavours, supple fleshiness and a tight acid backbone.
Winestate 2009
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Strong green-yellow; long and intense herb, grass and mineral; lots of character and length. Volatility not a problem for me.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a classic, clean and fresh bouquet with fragrant herb aromas is followed by an intense, piercing, long palate; top-quality young Semillon.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Austere, tight and spotlessly clean, this herbal Hunter semillon presents a tangy cut of slightly confectionary melon, apple and lemon flavours before a clean and refreshing finish. It has pleasing shape and fine cellaring potential.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
90
Ken Gargett (2002 Vintage) says
This wine is like a cocky fourteenyear- old boy. Gee, when I re-read chat line I almost wish I hadn't written it; but what I was trying to say is that a semillon of this age is neither a child nor yet an adult and sometimes that makes them bit awkward, a bit ungainly. Not this one though, this is still a delicious semillon that is comfortable within itself. I really should start the whole review again, shouldn't I?
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2006 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is light, fresh, crisp and minerally, the palate providing more of the same. As with so many of the 2001 Semillons, quite classic in character.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2001 Vintage) says
This might not be the place to tell you that visiting Capercaille is one of Australia's great cellar door experiences but next time you are in the Hunter Valley, call in. The 2001 semillon is wonderfully aromatic, has lanolin and lemon citrus flavours and a long, dry, minerally finish. The 2002 is in the same league. Stunning value.
Quaff 2004 2003
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Very light straw-green; a clean, crisp bouquet with delicate lemon, mineral and grass aromas, then a long, intense and crisp lemony palate with tingling acidity; a classic style for a long life.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
93
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Still very fresh, tight and youthful; herb and grass flavours; good length and acidity. A fine wine, still evolving.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94

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