Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Gundog Estate Wild Semillon 2012

Something different and something seriously wicked right here! Yes, I am partial to wild ferment wines, and this wine is an example of how such a process can shine a different light on a grape variety.

The variety I refer to is Semillon from the Hunter Valley, and what is dished up is not what you would expect. Perhaps that is why I liked it so much.

A portion is fermented on skins in oak barrels giving the resulting wine some wonderful textural elements. Having said that, keep in mind the low alcohol (9.5%) and a super charged 15 grams per litre of residual sugar.

Aromas are a mixed bag. Some stone fruit, specifically peach, dried herb and pineapple lollies of all things. Complex flavours in the mouth where the oak has added an ever so slight touch. Soft tropical fruit in the mix too leaving an off dry finish.

Oh to dream of purchasing a bottle...the sold out sign has gone up! But I was happy enough to have the privilege of tasting some from the "secret stash" at the cellar door.

Keep an eye out for this in 2013. One worth getting hold of.

Who: Gundog Estate www.gundogestate.com.au
What: Semillon (9.5% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 2012
How: $32

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