Harvesting all by hand, the fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed
immediately. Neutral yeasts were used for the fermentation, bottled in May. No oak and no malolactic ferment, only stainless steel.
The first Semillon from Brokenwood under the famous Tallawanta Vineyard label.
The word ‘normal’ just doesn’t exist for the Hunter Valley. There was
a three week turn around in picking compared to 2014, and most
Semillon was off in the last week of January. It was a very dry winter
of 2014 with only 54mm of rain from May to July. A very good
budburst and spring, but then a cold and wet December resulting in quite large canopies and disease pressure.
Thankfully all of our Semillon is handpicked and the vineyard team
did a great job of getting clean, sound fruit in. This vintage is
stylistically on song, but a smaller production of Semillon than usual. All fruit was harvested before the damaging East Coast low wreaked havoc on the Hunter Valley.
Asian food, any seafood especially fresh shucked oysters.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.