Wednesday, 7 November 2012

McWilliams Mt Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2011

When working in retail, this wine was my go-to on shelf bargain. Why? Quite simply, Semillon was going through tough times and no one was buying it which was great for the consumer in the know...there was plenty of it sitting on shelves aging nicely.

Although this was not great for the winery at the time (slow sales), those in the know could sniff out a Semillon with plenty of bottle age. So once the shelf stocks were cleaned out at my work place when I got onto it, I headed to small bottleshops in far away places, and bingo, aged Elizabeth Semillon awaited me with a few years bottle age it.

This "loop hole" of mine has now been thwarted sadly - Semillon is back and people are appreciating its beauty. And rightfully so. But if you're out somewhere, take a sneak peak at the vintage of this wine on the shelf. You may land a surprise bargain too.

Vintage 2011 Mt Pleasant Elizabeth is a cracker. Spring flowers, green apple and leafy aromas set the floor alight. Clean and crisp flavours dominate. There is crunchy acid and the level of acid oozes aging capacity. The palate is coated beautifully with big fat flavours which wrap up with a ridiculously long length.

A great drink now and it will only get better.

For the price, do yourself a favour. Get some, and drink them periodically. There's easily 10 years sitting in this one. I've seen this discounted close to $11 and $12. Time for you to indulge in a bargain I suggest.

Who: McWilliams
What: Semillon (11% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 2011
How: $15

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  1. Also sadly no longer released as a 'Museum Release'. That seemed to stop with the '06. Then there was the travesty of (the '10 I think) including Sauvignon Blanc.

  2. Current Cellar Release vintage is 06. I've got a sample and will post it soon.

  3. Can't wait for more updates. Thanks in advance.

  4. The cellar staff confirmed that the 2010 had a % of sauvignon blanc but they have got over the brain snap and the 2011 is all Hunter. A great bargain.

    1. Thanks for confirming that re the 2010. The '11 is a bargain indeed. Load up I say