Mixed White Dozen
3 bottles each of:
2016 Semillon, Hunter Valley, NSW
Early rains and a later ripening harvest than 2015 has produced a typical lime pith/juice flavours making a fragrant Semillon. The colour is perfect with lots of luminous green tints. Only 10.5% alcohol, the palate shows great fruit intensity, some hay-like notes and a zesty citrus acidity on the finish. The flavours linger on for quite some time, a classic Hunter Valley wine.
2016 Cricket Pitch White, New South Wales
Great colour on release, lots of green tints in this young and easy drinking wine. With the cool, damp start to vintage 2016 the alcohol is more like that of a Hunter Valley Semillon at 11.5%, but with plenty of lifted tropical fruit aromas. Some melon and bees wax notes from the Semillon to go with the herbal/tropical Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus flavours on the palate and a zesty finish.
2016 Pinot Gris, Beechworth, VIC
Pinot Gris grapes can be quite coloured, even pink in some years; this wine is a lovely yellow/green. Aromas of honeysuckle and pear. Richness from the 13.5% alcohol and some phenolic ‘grip,’ but not oily in any sense. The tropical fruit flavours are nicely balanced by a zesty acid.
2015 Umpires Chardonnay, Cowra, NSW
A superb bright yellow/green colour, even after oak aging. Citrus and tropical aromas, with plenty of primary fruit as a young wine. The oak sits in the background and adds a char/smoky element. Good weight on the palate and a long finish. Although subtle oak, it’s there and will integrate with the pineapple/mango fruit with further age.
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