Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Briar Ridge Karl Stockhausen Signature Release Semillon 2012

A new vintage release straight off the bottling line.

Named after and made by one of the pioneers and a "Living Legend" of the Hunter Valley, Karl Stockhausen, who has been guest winemaker at Briar Ridge for many years.

This label has produced magnificent wines for many years and this one is up there with them.

A nose of lemon juice, cut grass and a touch of gooseberry. These flavours flow gently onto the palate which is soft and balanced (11.2%). The acid is gentle and unobtrusive, factors which can be a detractor in young Semillon - certainly not the case here. The palate is zesty and left clean with lingering flavours.

I enjoyed this with some Vietnamese rice paper rolls and it went down a treat. As the locals would say, "Semsational!"

Made to enjoy now, but equally it has plenty of long dark days in the cellar should you have the patience to hold on to it, for which the reward will be magic.

Who: Briar Ridge
What: Semillon (11.2% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 2012
How: $26
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