Aged Semillon is something to behold. This wine from McWilliams Mount Pleasant in the Hunter Valley is superb. Jaw dropping, gob smacking awesomeness! If you have the privilege of getting your hands on some, sit down and strap yourself in.
The Lovedale vineyard dates back to 1946 when it was planted by Maurice O'Shea.
Brightish straw appearance, the wine possesses an enticing bouquet with biscuity characters, nuttiness, lemon rind, a hint of mandarin peel, and a waft of honey on toast.
The palate delivered smooth silkiness. Super length and citrus flavours aplenty. Honey characters were a feature too not to be missed, and a subtle minerality to add to the mix too. The acid has settled well and a few years bottle age has delivered a delightful Semillon.
Sure the price is up there and many baulk at outlaying more than $50 on a wine, let alone just over $60 for a Semillon. Whilst I acknowledge the wine tasted was a sample and I did not outlay the money myself, I totally appreciate the question being asked, "Is it worth it?". The proof is in the pudding I must admit, no stone was left unturned producing this.
When people talk about the wonders and beauty of Hunter Semillon, point the doubters in this direction.
Who: McWilliams http://www.mcwilliams.com.au/
Where: Hunter Valley
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