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2017 ILR Reserve Semillon
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2017 ILR Reserve Semillon
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Hunter Valley, NSW

At 6 years of age on release, the colour is just starting to show some development with yellow tints complimenting the green edges. Lifted lemon curd and floral notes heading to bees wax, brioche and toast. Lively Tahitian lime juice characters are 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 only from the best years and the 2017 is a beauty.

Trophy for Best Semillon in show (97 Points) | 
2023 Decanter World Wine Awards
Finlaysons Trophy for Best Semillon in show (96 Points) | 2023 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Trophy for Best Semillon in show & Gold Medal | 2023 NSW Wine Awards
98 Points | 2024 Halliday Wine Companion
98 Points | 2023 James Halliday Top 100
Gold Medal (95 Points) | 2023 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Gold Medal (95 Points) | 2023 Royal Sydney Wine Show

CRU $525.00  I  SVC $495.00

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Wine Specs
7.77 g/L
Residual Sugar
0.93 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
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
A wine of great poise, and a strong return to form following there being no ILR released from the challenging 2016 vintage. This is exemplary Semillon. The Hunter Valley has 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 the comparison to 2005 is strong. The fruit for this year’s ILR Reserve is sourced from the Trevena Vineyard on Hermitage Road, an important Heritage Vineyard, with vines having been planted in 1926. The Trevena Vineyard was picked in two passes on the 30th of January and the 1st of February 2017 which is just as well. The weekend of 10th - 12th February saw the temperature hit 44, 47 and 46C.
Food Pairing
Asian food, any seafood especially freshly shucked oysters.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.
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