2013 Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon

2013 Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon

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Inspired by the first visit of a reigning monarch to Australia in 1954, today Mount Pleasant Elizabeth is the embodiment of the synergy achieved by combining the noble grape variety Semillon and the Hunter Valley. Having been placed in the cellars for extended bottle age, this small parcel of Semillon now enjoys the benefits gained from patience.




About this Wine


Hunter Valley, NSW


Scott McWilliam


Pale straw


The nose opens with fragrant floral notes of citrus blossom, followed by zesty ripe lime and mandarin aromas

Growing Conditions

The growing season started well but lack of rainfall in late Spring meant that irrigation was necessary and the crop was smaller than first thought. A rain event in December helped but overall January was quite dry with extended heat spells and crop tonnage suffered immensely.  The Semillon  was picked before the next rain event; the fruit was in very sound condition with a good concentration of aromatics and flavor, with a nice acid line. 


The wine is fine, tight and pure. Reflective of the aromas the wine tastes of fresh lemon and limes. The texture is light, bright and pure with a fresh line of acidity along the palate. The finish is fresh dry and seamless.


Once at the winery the Semillon was destemmed and pressed off skins to stainless steel tank. Here the juice was cold settled bright before being racked off, warmed and inoculated for ferment. The juice was fermented with specific neutral yeast strain chosen to promote the vineyard specific flavours, and fermentation was conducted at cold temperatures to retain the delicate flavours. Following fermention the wines were settled, blended and gently fined before being filtered to bottle.  



Peak Drinking

Drinking well now, but will reward up to 10 years further cellaring