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2017 Oakey Creek Vineyard Semillon

2017 Oakey Creek Vineyard Semillon

Hunter Valley, NSW

Excellent colours in 2017, and at 5 years of age, still lots of luminous green tints. Lifted aromas of citrus/lemongrass with beeswax and brioche note beginning to develop. This is an outstanding mid-term Hunter Valley Semillon which is drinking superbly now and will continue to develop over the next 10 years.

CRU $346.50  I  SVC $326.70

2023 Halliday Wine Companion - 96 Points

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Acid
7.60g/L
pH
2.92
Residual Sugar
0.87g/L
Alcohol %
11
James Halliday
96
Wine Profile
Ratings
96 points - Halliday Wine Companion 2023. A brilliant wine! Nascent of feel. Coiled taut, despite bottle age. Already delicious, yet the potential energy a reflection of a very fine year. Buttered toast just evident. Lime splice, orange pastille, lemon curd and pink grapefruit pulp. The acidity, juicy rathe than brittle. The trail across the palate, long, a little chalky and refined. Exquisite. Loads in store. Drink 2022-2034. James Halliday
Vinification
Harvesting all by hand. The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Neutral yeasts were used for the fermentation. No oak and no malolactic ferment, only stainless steel.
Winemaker Comments
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.
Food Pairing
East Asian food or any seafood especially freshly shucked oysters.
Drink
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.
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