Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Semsational night!

Last night a Semsational gathering took place at Era Bistro in Brisbane to celebrate all things Semsational about Semillon. And not just any old Semillon, Hunter Semillon.

The event was matched by others around the country showcasing 2011 Hunter Semillon at it's best with the aim to remove the perception that Semillon needs bottle age for it to be at its best. Winemaker Andrew Thomas was present (great to have you there mate!) and shared his views on a variety he is very passionate about, and the proof is in his Braemore Semillon.

The samples shared were:
Scarborough Green Label 2011
Tempus Two 2011
DeIuliis Semillon 2011
Thomas Wines Braemore 2011
McGuigan Bin 9000 2011
Allandale Reserve Single Vineyard 2011
Briar Ridge Dairy Hill 2011
Bimbadgen Estate 2011
Tower Estate 2011
Glandore Elliot Semillon 2011
Brokenwood 2011
Peppertree Tallawanta 2011
First Creek 2011
Tyrrell’s Vat 1 2011
Tulloch Wines 2011
Saddlers Creek 2011
The night was a winner opening the eyes of many to the goodness of Hunter Semillon. The wines presented a great cross section in terms of quality, acid and price point to name a few. Whilst the same names seemed to be thrown around as the "best", some questions were also being posed about the price of one or two, or should it be said, overprice.

My top picks from the night were...
Thomas Wines Braemore: Clean and crisp. This is wicked. Serious kick arse stuff. The nose is uplifting and vibrant. Fantastic finish with all elements in sync. Oh yeah!

Briar Ridge Dairy Hill: Length man. Length. This wine just keeps giving. Great nose of lemons. Texture is super with great acid balance. The wine hums along nicely. Yep yep!

Tyrrell's Vat 1: Very tidy number. Seamless from top to toe and oozes class. No surprises here. Zippy and zesty. Delicious and then some!

Notable mentions:
Tower Estate: Fresh and clean with a sturdy profile and finish.

Bimbagen: Loved the texture of this wine. Lemons with tangy acidity. Finishes beautifully.

Value Pick:
Tulloch: Punches above it's weight and stood up to the others well - and only chases $16! Zesty and very glugable. Smash it with seafood.