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Harewood Estate Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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The reserve version of the 'standard' Harewood Estate SSB, this takes the style and adds a little sexiness, with the fruit sourced from higher altitude (hence sexier) vineyards and given time in (sexy) French oak, all of which makes for a more complex. more intriguing and more curvaceous white wine. Whether it is sexier is up to you to decide...

Winemaker's Notes

The fruit for this wine was grown in the higher altitude, cool climate vineyards situated in the coastal region of Denmark, Western Australia. Only the finest, more “pristine”, free-run juice was used resulting in a wine of outstanding elegance and purity, free from any harsh, phenolic characters associated with grape skins. A third of each variety was fermented and left on lees in large 500 litre French oak puncheons for six weeks and then blended back with the cool fermented tank portion, introducing a subtle creamy texture and savoury complexity. 
 

Appearance: A brilliant, very pale straw colour with youthful green hues.

Nose: An intense, pungent nose combining the aromatic quince and lemons of Semillon with the vibrant gooseberry and herbaceous snow pea of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc.

Palate: The intensity of the nose is reflected in the seamless purity of the palate. Mouth-watering citrus fruits are balanced by hints of more tropical passionfruit. An underlying flinty complexity is complemented by the subtle texture of french oak and a long, lingering finish of crisp grapefruit acidity.

Cellaring: Enjoy while fresh and vibrant.

Grape Variety: A blend of 54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc.

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Harewood Estate Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
This leapt out of the glass - gently nutty, savoury notes over a burst of tropical fruit, but not overtly sweet, and with a hint of Semillon grassiness. It's cool and tight across the palate, a touch chalky for interest, and very lengthy. Feels sophisticated and well-crafted. 
93
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Separate parcels of semillon and sauvignon blanc were barrel-fermented in French oak, leading to an expressive bouquet, and an even more striking mouthfeel, with a seamless array of citrus, green pea, white peach and gooseberry fruit running through to the long finish.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Restraint and perfume are not the usual hallmark of this blend in Australia, but this example is fragrant, perfumed and enticing; gun flint, tropical fruits, namely papaya and a fresh edge of nettle; the palate is sweet-fruited, textured and long, fine and evenly poised; restraint is definitely the key here.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Straw, lemon and gun flint are evident on the bouquet; the palate is deep and luscious on entry, moving through to fresh lemon to conclude; generous, poised and precise.
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2011
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright hue; vibrant and expressive bouquet of netde and ripe tropical fruit; quite engaging palate, with good texture, purity and poise; dry and minerally and a very long finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Grassy nose with some nice pungency adding interest. Very good depth of citrus fruit flavours with sharp acidity.
Winestate 20082009

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