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Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2006

Tyrrell’s Wines, Vat 1, Hunter Semillon, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, 2006 Hunter Valley semillon does not see oak, rather, with time in bottle, it can develop a certain toastiness, adding a further dimension to a wine’s complexity. This wine: varietal … Continue reading

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Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2000

Tyrrell’s Wines, Vat 1, Hunter Semillon, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, 2000 Hunter Valley semillon does not see oak, rather, with time in bottle, it can develop a certain toastiness, adding a further dimension to a wine’s complexity. This wine: varietal … Continue reading

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Hermits Botrytis Semillon 2011

De Bortoli, Hermits Hill Botrytis Semillon, Riverina, New South Wales, Australia, 2011 This wine: varietal semillon, screw cap closure, 10.5% abv, widely available, 375ml, £9 (2016) Consumer tasting note: a good botrytised nose of thick orange marmalade, super-ripe yellow peach and … Continue reading

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Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2013

Clonakilla, Hilltops Shiraz, NSW, Australia, 2013 This wine: varietal shiraz, screw cap closure, 14% abv, Philglass and Swiggott, £24 (2015) Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears. Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of … Continue reading

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Hermits Botrytis Semillon 2009

De Bortoli, Hermits Hill, Botrytis semillon, Riverina, NSW, Australia, 2009 Varietal semillon, created from grapes affected by noble rot (botrytis cinerea), increasing wine viscosity and so body, sweetness and complexity; natural cork closure, 11% abv, 375ml, £9, M&S WSET style tasting note … Continue reading

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Pooles Rock Semillon 2005

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 … Continue reading

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