Pooles Rock, Hunter Valley Semillon, New South Wales, Australia, 2005
The Hunter Valley has a special climate – warm yet cloudy, so the grapes attain flavour ripeness from a long hang time, but reach only a modest alcohol level. Fermented in stainless steel, then bottled and aged in cellar for 3 years before release. Screw cap closure, 12% abv, BBR about £47.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, of pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with dominant citrus aromas of lime, bergamot oil, lemon pith, and a toasty note.
Palate: a dry wine, with high acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium body with a slight oily texture, of a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of lime, lemon pith and white grapefruit, and a low-key buttery lemon-curd like note, with a medium (+) length and a clean slightly grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with fresh acidity which is in balance with the intensity of flavour and harmonious with the dominant citrussy notes, the modest alcohol does not detract from this harmony. Quite complex and concentrated citrussy flavours, with some buttery but more toasty tertiary development. This wine will develop in cellar for a further 3-5 years.