Off the back of a cracking vintage in the Hunter, Glenguin Estate have produced a stunning Semillon, picked at optimal ripeness and with the acidity and depth of flavour to last for many years to come.
With a classic, unmistakably Hunter style, the 2018 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon is an absolute bargain. Awarded 95 Points from Huon Hooke, and picked as his #2 Semillon from the Hunter for 2018, this is one not to be missed.
2018 was a warm but not excessively hot year with no rain, allowing for totally clean fruit to be picked at optimal ripeness. This Semillon has the mouthwatering lime and lemon flavours we have come to recognise as typical of this vineyard. It is a refreshing wine with low alcohol, yet is capable of further development in bottle, up to a decade or possibly longer.
Cool ferment with no malolactic fermentation and no use of oak. Five months on gross lees prior to bottling.
Lemon and lime provide the backdrop with a steel-like minerality running through and high, yet balanced, natural acidity. A wine that can certainly be enjoyed in its youth, however will reward with the passage of time.
Glenguin Vineyard was first planted in the 1980s with an average vine age now over 25 years and each wine comes from a small individual vineyard block on the property. Organic and biodynamic farming practices are used at Glenguin where things are still done by hand from planting through vine training to pruning and handpicking at vintage. Glenguin wines have won major Trophies including NSW and Boutique Wine Show Trophies for best white wine plus both Best Red and NSW Wine of the Year at the NSW Wine Awards for shiraz. Production is extremely limited with just a few hundred cases of each of their wines which are only made in good vintages.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Light straw-yellow colour. The aromas are superbly fresh and intense, youthful and bright, with herb and lemon aromas of real charm. The palate is juicy and ripe, fresh and clean and bright, with delicious lemon and herb and a compelling juiciness. It's fresh, youthful, reserved and not at all austere or tight. The acidity is perfectly balanced, the wine is eminently drinkable now and will certainly age well. A seriously good young semillon.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The average yield is lower than many other Hunter Valley semillons. The source block is 33yo, the cuttings coming from Tyrrell's HVD Vineyard. The '18 vintage is now settling down, with rich, layered fruit and good acidity.