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The Willows Vineyard Semillon

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A brisk style of wine that has seen a kiss of oak, and shows scents of lemons, dried grass and a touch of toast on the nose. The palate is light, bright and frisky, with citrusy flavours, a decent cut of acidity, a rounded mouthfeel, and a dry, crisp finish. Great with soft-shell crab, or even a creamy seafood risotto.

Winemaker's Notes

In 1936 Herbert Scholz planted his first vines, among them a variety known then as Madeira. After seven decades these vines are still growing carefully tended, pruned and harvested by hand, but today the variety is recognised as Semillon.

These mature vines produce grapes that give great consistency and depth of flavour.

This Semillon has the typical lively lemon butter fruit character which is a trademark Willows Vineyard style, along with a touch of vanillan oak from barrel fermentation and a brief period of maturation in French oak hogsheads.

The palate is full flavoured, with good length, elegance and zest that indicates it will age beautifully over five years and beyond. 

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The Willows Vineyard Semillon

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
In the right hands, semillon remains one of the great bargains of the Barossa. No hands are more deft with this variety than Peter and Michael Scholz, nurturing their seventy-six-year-old vines into a wine of characteristic lemon zest, talc and cut grass character. Toast, roast nuts and lanolin complexity are already building quickly, though it remains fresh, lively and evenly structured with crunchy acidity drawing out a long finish. A semillon of immediate appeal and good value.
92
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Classic lemon-drop semillon nose with gentle grassy elements here too. This smells very concentrated and just has a little snap of reduction. Slightly salty palate, a little grab of grip and a lingering, lemony finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
90
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Where else could you find a three year old Semillon from vines more than seventy years old at such a bargain price? Get on to this pristine lemony, grassy wine before the rest of the world catches on and the price trebles!
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet offers classic mineral and herb aromas which flow through onto the palate, which has good length and style. Was my second highest pointed wine (out of 32) at the 2001 Barossa Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92

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