Thomas Wines 2011 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon
Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. The Braemore vineyard (planted 1969) is situated on the sandy alluvial flats of Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, and consistently produces Semillon featuring freshness, vibrancy and remarkable longevity. This wine has achieved an enviable reputation in recent years as being one of the finest examples of classic Hunter Valley Semillon.
The 2011 vintage presented excellent conditions for the Hunter Valley. A relatively wet winter and then mild and dry growing season allowed for perfect ripening of the grapes whilst retaining excellent natural acidity. Two separate hand pickings on the 2nd and 4th of February. The grapes were lightly pressed to minimise phenolics and fermented in stainless steel using a neutral yeast to enhance varietal purity. The wine spent six weeks resting on its yeast lees prior to fining in preparation for bottling. Exactly 500 six-packs of this wine have been set aside in our climate controlled cellar destined for re-release with six years bottle age.
Released in August 2016, this wine is just starting to emerge with those classic bottle aged Hunter Semillon complexities. Bright mid yellow/green in colour, the nose has nuances of buttered toast and honeycomb, layered over fresh grassy, citrus like fruit. The palate has developed an attractive richness, yet maintains an amazing delicacy and freshness with vibrant fruit and a fine, focused line of acidity. In a superb drinking zone right now, it will continue to evolve over the next decade.