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David Hook Old Vines Pothana Semillon

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If there’s anyone that can produce authentic Hunter Semillon it’s Hooky as he’s affectionately known. One thing we know is that as soon as you taste this fresh, energetic young wine, you’ll be hooked. We love a young Hunter Semillon and this is loaded with Semillon’s citrus and herbaceous characters. It’s got a long and lingering palate with a good citrus lift, perfect with some freshly shucked oysters.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine is bright lime green in colour with clean crisp semillon characters on the nose. The rich citrus fruit flavours are complimented by a grassy herbaceous lift. The palate is long with a soft lingering aftertaste and a crisp lemon acid finish.


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David Hook Old Vines Pothana Semillon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Light quartz colour; a fresh and lively bouquet and palate has very good length and balance; as is often the case with young screwcapped semillon, there are more citrus (almost rieslinglike) characters than there were in traditional semillons 10 to 15 years ago. The change is significant.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright light straw-green; a fragrant, flowery bouquet with blossom and fresh cut grass aromas, the palate very intense and very long. Will develop superbly for 20+ years.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
This vineyard yields a slightly softer, richer fuller style that peaks around 8 years with a delicious toasty edge. Ages on lees to build up the structure.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
It has texure and weight and length - great aspects to build on. It tastes lemony, of course, but it's musky and briney too. It has a firmness and a spiciness and whitle it is too young to drink now - doing so is not a painful experience. That it will develope well isn't a leap of faith - it seems pretty clear.
Winefront 2010
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A touch of green nettle complements the zesty lemon sherbet bouquet; tight and zesty on the palate; the indications are there for ageing potential, but with enough weight for some early drinking pleasure
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
This vineyard yields a slightly softer, richer fuller style that peaks around eight years with a delicious toasty edge. Ages on lees to build up the structure.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A distinct straw and honeysuckle set of aromas, sweet lemon peel, citrus oil and savoury essence. There's decent power and drive on the palate, more savoury cut straw and dry citrus fruits; these old vines provide some cleansing acid bite.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
88
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
This vineyard yields a slightly softer, richer fuller style that peaks around eight years with a delicious toasty edge. Ages on lees to build up the structure.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Has fulfilled all the promise it showed three years ago; still youthful, but with an appealing array of lemon, herb and mineral flavours; almost silky finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
This vineyard yields a slightly softer, richer fuller style that peaks around eight years with a delicious toasty edge. Ages on lees to build up the structure.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Classic restraint and classic length; slate, mineral, green pea; very good, lingering acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Of near-identical style and quality to the '03.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Very light straw-green; a clean, vibrant and crisp bouquet with lemon and grass aromas is followed by a palate with classic young semillon fruit flavour and vibrant, lemony acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the bouquet is starting to develop some depth, with lemon and lanolin aromas; the palate, while delicate, has a touch of fruit sweetness on the mid-palate and overall is a total contrast in style to the 2001, partly due to the much higher alcohol (12.5°) and the warmer growing conditions for the 2000.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94

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