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2009 Mount Pleasant Museum Release Lovedale Semillon

2009 Mount Pleasant Museum Release Lovedale Semillon

James Halliday - Published on 06 Oct 2016 98 Pts - Semillon of the year 2018 Wine Companion Hand-picked, crushed, the juice drained quickly from the skins, cultured yeast, slow ferment, early bottled, seven trophies. Won its first trophy in Melbourne in '12, the next six in Queensland in '14 and '15. In other words, its only now hitting its straps, and doing so in brilliant fashion, initially delicately delicious, literally taking off on the back-palate and aftertaste. Worth every cent of the price.
98 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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  • James Halliday Semillon of the Year 2017

    The site of the Lovedale Vineyard was selected in 1939 by legendary Mount Pleasant founder and winemaker, the late Maurice O’Shea. The vineyard was planted after World War II, in 1946, and the first Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon was made in 1950.

    O’Shea recognised 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 20 years from vintage.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    All grapes for this wine were handpicked. At the winery they were de-stemmed, crushed, must chilled and the juice allowed to drain quickly from the skins. After cold natural settling, the clear juice was racked off, warmed and inoculated with natural, neutral-based yeast for fermentation. The fermentation was slow and cool to retain the exceptional fruit flavour of the vintage. Three weeks after fermentation the wine was prepared for bottling, capturing the very essence of the vineyard and the purity of the varietal character.

    A very good growing period with above average Winter and Spring rainfall resulted in an excellent crop. Late December 2008 was very dry and early January 2009 was both dry and hot. The Old Block Semillon ripened evenly and the balanced canopy provided much neded shade and cooler days. This provided power and concentration of flavours and colour to the resultant wine. The fruit was carefully handpicked in the cool morning period to retain freshness and to ensure quality.

    TASTING NOTES

    Very pale straw with luminescent green hues. Fresh limes and grapefruit, lemon blossom, and hints of pineapple. Lively fresh citrus palate with ripe citrus flavours, a fleshy palate with fine acidity and a long lingering finish. This is a seamless wine of intense citrus flavours and fine acid structure which drives the length of flavour on the palate. This wine will cellar to be a definitive example of the classic Hunter Semillon style.

  • REVIEWS

    'Hand-picked, crushed, the juice drained quickly from the skins, cultured yeast, slow ferment, early bottled, seven trophies. Won its first trophy in Melbourne in '12, the next six in Queensland in '14 and '15. In other words, its only now hitting its straps, and doing so in brilliant fashion, initially delicately delicious, literally taking off on the back-palate and aftertaste. Worth every cent of the price.'
    98 Points - James Halliday (Semillon of the Year)