Lovedale Semillon 2007

Lovedale Semillon 2007

$90.00
Member price $72.00

The late Maurice O'Shea planted the Lovedale vineyard in 1946 with incredible foresight, recognising that the unique structure of the land and the surrounding environment would deliver the tightness and acidity for world-class Semillon. This wine provides exceptional drinking now or can be carefully cellared for up to fifteen years from vintage.
Hunter Valley Wine Show 2011 International Wine Challenge London 2013 International Wine Challenge London 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2008 Rutherglen Wine Show 2014 Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2009 Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2010 Les Concours des Vins du NSW Show 2014 Rutherglen Wine Show 2010

Semillon

2007

750ml

About this Wine

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Winemaker

Scott McWilliam

Colour

Pale straw green

Aroma

Lifted citrus blossom and zesty citrus peel with subtle notes of lemon meringue pie

Growing Conditions

The Hunter Valley had a relatively dry winter for the beginning of the growing season with an unseasonably warm and dry August in 2006 and veraison early occurring in late December. The weather in early January was hot and dry which meant harvest started early on 15 January. The hot and dry conditions continued all the way through harvest providing excellent fruit with rich and powerful concentration.

Palate

Intense and refined lemon and lime with complex mineral notes a persistent mouth watering acidity gives a generous after taste which pleasantly lingers

Vinification/Maturation

The handpicked fruit was brought to the winery in excellent condition retaining freshness and quality. The grapes were destemmed and crushed, and only the highest quality free run juice was cold fermented with special yeast for a period of three weeks. After fermentation the wines was stored cold on gross lees for a short period of time after which it was blended, filtered and bottled.

Alcohol/Vol

11.5%

pH

2.92

Acidity

6.6

Food Matches

Scampi arrosto

Peak Drinking

Now until 2025

Professional Reviews

96 points - James Halliday

2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

Festooned with Gold medals, the wine is undoudtedly superb, coming as it does from a good vintage and a very great vineyard. The interesting part is the CO 2 prickle that underwrites the longer term future of an already beautiful lemon and mineral- accened wine. To 2022

95 points - Gary Walsh

Wine Front

Due for release in the next couple of weeks, here’s the first published note of the ‘modern era’. Already sporting a fine degree of complexity, the 07 Lovedale offers a mix of lime, subtle floral and aniseed top notes along with some bottle aged honey and toasted nuts. It’s juicy and flavoursome, well rounded, with a core of gentle, yet controlling, acidity and a compellingly long and tasty finish – flavours of lime marmalade on toast are offset by a flinty cut of drying acidity. Clear and composed and already moving into ‘The Zone’ where Hunter Semillon becomes something other than just another low alcohol dry white. Enjoy over the next decade, though no kittens will die should you choose to drink it young - it’s terrific right now.