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2011 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon

2011 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon

Initially Meyer lemon and lemongrass rode on a chariot of acidity that wept all before it. Now, as notes of honey and toast emerge, the pace of development is slowing, allowing time for all the flavours and textural complexity to take centre stage.'
97 Points - James Halliday
Top 100 Wines of 2018

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  • Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines is one of Australia's most reputable premium wine labels and a must-visit in the Hunter Valley. Consistently listed as a 5 star winery, Brokenwood is home to the famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the highly acclaimed ILR Reserve Semillon, and the popular Cricket Pitch Range.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Contrary to most thinking, the Hunter Valley had a perfect lead up to the 2011 vintage. The 2010 calendar year ended at just over 900mm, up on the average of 720mm, with the wettest month being November at 156mm. Then the Valley had a mild and dry December and early January 2011 followed suit with only one day above 40C on the 2nd January. Further hot weather struck around Australia Day resulting in some leaf burn. In a bizarre twist, the Hunter Valley was irrigating madly while most of Australia was under water.

    TASTING NOTES

    At 6 years of age on release, the colour is just starting to show some development with yellow tints complimenting the green edges. Lifted almond bread and the floral notes heading to bees wax and toast. Lively lime juice, Bickford cordial characters and 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 from the best years and this is a beauty.

  • REVIEWS

    'Already tasted several times on its path towards maturity. Initially Meyer lemon and lemongrass rode on a chariot of acidity that wept all before it. Now, as notes of honey and toast emerge, the pace of development is slowing, allowing time for all the flavours and textural complexity to take centre stage.'
    97 Points - James Halliday
    Top 100 Wines of 2018



    'When I first tasted this wine in Oct '15 I made this note: Has the green tinge to its colour that always excites me. It has a lovely combination of lemongrass freshness with perfect first stage development of sweet fruit and incipient honey (which will take years to fully evolve). In the meantime, citrus rules the roost, allied with mouthwatering acidity. Now 15 months down the track, the honey is a little more obvious, but the all-important acidity remains the spine of the wine, and always will.'

    97 Points - James Halliday


    'Light to medium yellow colour; the bouquet is a riot of buttered toast developed semillon character with straw, hay and lemongrass undertones as well. It's soft, round and ample. It has a great acid backbone. A lovely mouthful of semi-mature semillon cast in the classic Hunter style.'
    96 Points - Huon Hooke


    'Pretty perfume with verity of gently maturing semillon in lemon, a hint of brown lime, faint suggestion of honeycomb on toast, touch of pretty sea spray character and sniff of talc-like mineral charm. Juicy in the palate yet still squeaky and firm in its acidity. Quietly powerful wine showing inward intensity yet delicacy with limey tang, wildly mineraly feel, bristling with intent. Needle-like thrust of wine yet still approachable (and so fresh), despite the sense of toastiness that abounds. Fantastic release.'
    95 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.