Brokenwood has quite a history of Late Picked styles starting in 1983 and we have used Semillon, Gewurztraminer from the Hunter and Riesling from McLaren Vale. The fruit is allowed to get a bit riper and then the fermentation stopped when there was a perfect balance between acid, sugar and alcohol. Fermentation in stainless steel and using cultured yeast.
The Hunter Valley does have a long history of wet years being
followed immediately by scorchers; 1997 – 1998, 2002 – 2003,
2004 – 2005 to pick 3 recent ones. The feature of these years is the
previous wet autumn, then dry winter and very hot summer. The
Semillons from 2017 are superb and now in bottle, the comparison
to 2005 is strong.
All Semillon blocks were picked by the 3rd of February 2017 and just
as well. The weekend of 10th - 12th February saw the temperature hit
44, 47 and 46C. Staff and vines survived with some wonderful wines
the result of diligent vineyard and winery work.
Fresh fruit and sunshine or an apple flan.
A vibrant wine style best consumed over the short term.