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Thomas Wines The O.C. Semillon

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From a very cool and wet vintage in the Hunter Valley, this is a super crisp and snappy Hunter Semillon that positively sings with dry passionfruit flavours. Very aromatic and fresh, this is about as fresh as they come.

Winemaker's Notes

A brilliant light yellow/green in colour, this wine has a generosity of fruit not usually expected in Hunter Semillon. It displays distinctive tropical aromas of passionfruit and orange blossom. Thai spices and lanolin dance around the glass, and are kept in check by a linear, lime like focus. The palate offers a pleasing generosity with ripe pear and lemon/melon fruit, and a lengthy, subliminally taut acidity providing a pleasing freshness to the finish. A perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood.

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Thomas Wines The O.C. Semillon

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Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
A lovely, bright nose _ this looks fully formed in 2012, with good citrus in the lemon and grapefruit spectrum, some lime too. Really pure. The palate adds nectarine fruits to the grapefruit and lemon. Really bright, tangy and lively, a good result for the vintage.
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Good Wine Guide
92
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Bright and bracing, with a lightly herbaceous and floral bouquet whose lively notes of melon and lemon rind are backed by chalky, musky nuances and a hint of gooseberry. It?s long and austere, with pristine, slightly juicy lemony fruit tightly wound around a fine line of taut, citrusy acidity, finishing long and pithy with genuine length and freshness.
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The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
O.C. is for Oaky Creek (not Orange County!), the original source of this more generously proportioned style. It’s now from superior, older vines in the Drayton’s vineyard, but why change the name of a good thing? Great concentration of lime, green and red apples; rounded but poised and precise.
Wine Taste - Edition 30 2011
93
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The O.C. delivers admirably in the stunning 2011 vintage, with plenty of fruit, beautiful balance and that trademark Thomas showroom sparkle. Smells of ripe citrus, some melon, a little flinty edge too. The palate's fleshy and long: plenty of tropical fruit here, really juicy and fully ripe. Great drinking already!
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
89
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Rather stylish and contemporary semillon, with elegance, suppleness and a lightly herbal bouquet of melon, white flowers backed by hints of spice and chalkiness. It's long and smooth, with a pristine, even presence of melon/ lemon fruit backed by a fine chalkiness and finishing savoury and nutty, with bright, tangy acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This single-site wine - from a block on the Oakey Creek Road (hence the name O.C.) - is richer and fleshier than the Braemore bottling, showing plenty of waxy lemons on the nose and some chalky elements too. The palate's into nectarine territory and delivers crunchy, crisp, lip-smacking appeal. Younger-drinking style.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The OC Semillon is named after the vineyard from whence this fruit is sourced, out on Oakey Creek Road. The wine has some extra ripeness (we're talking relative Hunter Valley terms here), offering a dry, early-drinking style. Lemon citrus and grassy characters from top to toe, some flesh through the mid-palate and fine, flavoursome and juicy through the finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Citrus peel aromas; a generous palate, unusually full and round for a young semillon, but has balance. Early-drinking style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
One of the great modern Hunter semillon wines of the last few years. Andrew Thomas captures a rich, flavoursome expression of ripe lemon fruit and waxy/savoury complexity. The palate has some weight and richness, delivered with elegant style, the acidity sails out through the finish, crisp and clean. Approachable, superb.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Unlike the lemon- and lime-driven Semillons in this section, Thommo’s 07 has hints of orange zest and quince which make it all the more exotic. This gives us all yet another reason to visit the Hunter in the course of our drinking diaries. With a mass of experience working with some of the big names in the business, The O.C. parades Thommo’s talent for all to see. Even Mischa Barton would blush.
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; vibrant, fresh and pure aromas; delicate but intense citrus/lemon fruit on the palate; very good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94

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