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2011 ILR Reserve Semillon

2011 ILR Reserve Semillon

Hunter Valley, NSW

97 Pts / Best of the Best Semillon, James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
1 Platinum Trophy / 1 Gold Medal

At 6 years of age on release, the colour is just starting to show some development with yellow tints complimenting the green edges. Lifted almond bread and the floral notes heading to bees wax and toast. Lively lime juice, Bickford cordial characters and backed by a superb zesty acidity. The magic of Hunter Valley Semillon on display with texture, fruit weight and great length from a wine that sees no oak. The ILR Reserve Semillon is released from the best years and this is a beauty.


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Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Acid
6.91g/L
pH
3.06
Residual Sugar
3.57g/L
Alcohol %
11.0
James Halliday
97
Wine Profile
Ratings
97Pts / Best of the Best Semillon - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018
Awards
Platinum Trophy / Best Australian White Single-Varietal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 Gold Medal / Sydney Royal Wine Show 2017
Vinification
Harvesting all by hand. The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Neutral yeasts were used for the fermentation, bottled in July. No oak and no malolactic ferment, only stainless steel.
Winemaker Comments
Contrary to most thinking, the Hunter Valley had a perfect lead up to the 2011 vintage. The 2010 calendar year ended at just over 900mm, up on the average of 720mm, with the wettest month being November at 156mm. Then the Valley had a mild and dry December and early January 2011 followed suit with only one day above 40C on the 2nd January. Further hot weather struck around Australia Day resulting in some leaf burn. In a bizarre twist, the Hunter Valley was irrigating madly while most of Australia was under water.
Food Pairing
Asian food, any seafood especially freshly shucked oysters.
Drink
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.