Wednesday, 14 November 2012

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2006

This wine is the Cellar Aged release and I like the way McWilliams and many wineries go about the deliberate aged release of Semillon. If anything, it highlights how versatile this grape is. A recent look at the Mount Pleasant Elizabeth 2011 was timely, seeing what a few years does to the wine.

The back label states, "...admired when allowed to age gracefully." I'd agree with this for sure.

Bright golden in appearance, there are plenty of powerful aromas of kerosene and even what appeared to be wet rope. A lemon citrus element was evident in there too.

The wine is mouthfilling and coats the palate well. There was a good deal of complexity and the flavours have developed well. Good palate weight added to the picture nicely, as did the texture and density of the fruit. Preserved lemon and lemon cheesecake type flavours kicked around as did some green apple as the wine flowed through to the back.

The acid was soft but there was still some there for future development.

I did enjoy the wine and putting away a few bottles of the new release to savour in a few years is a no brainer. But why wait when the aging has already been done for you. Good value for $24.

Who: McWilliams
What: Semillon (10.5% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 2006
How: $24

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