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2018 Gundog Estate The Chase Semillon

2018 Gundog Estate The Chase Semillon

'Light, bright yellow hue with a fresh, clean lemon and straw aroma...with piercing, penerating flavour. It has that deceptive lightness of fine dry Hunter semillon, but doesn't lack concentration.'
95 points - Huon Hooke

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  • Gundog Estate is a boutique producer of premium Semillon and Shiraz. Sourcing fruit from some of the best vineyards in the Hunter, Hilltops and Canberra wine regions in New South Wales, they engage passionate growers who work tirelessly to deliver the best fruit possible. Their coterie of growers also firmly believe in sustainable vineyard practices, with a view to leaving the land in a better condition for the next generation.

    The Chase Semillon is the archetpyal Hunter Sem. Sourced from one of the regions most highly prized vineyards - Somerset on Oakey Creek - it is a wine of singular focus, drive and power. Grown on red earth soils, rather than the more typical sand of northern Pokolbin, the wine has the muscle and substance to live for generations. In its youth, and just upon release, their is an easy forgiveness to the wine as well, with lemongrass, cut hay, talc and lick of phenolic grip from the slightly unfined style. A wine of enormous potential, this 2018 Semillon might just unfurl into one of the most primal examples of aged Hunter Semillon with a decade or two in the cellar.

    "Our most “classical styled” Semillon, is all about precision and purity. This year’s release is produced from fruit grown at the Somerset Vineyard in Pokolbin, predominately from a 1969 planting, set over an old creek bed that runs through the property. Having worked with this vineyard, and block, for several years now, I have developed an appreciation for how well it produces Semillon of considerable power and intensity, whilst maintaining finesse, line, and precision."
    Gundog Winemaker - Matt Burton


    The Chase Semillon is all about quality. This is a flagship wine that is designed to showcase the quality of the variety, and source vineyards. The foundation of the blend are wines produced from blocks of old vine Semillon grown on lighter soils in the Somerset vineyard. These sites delivered beautifully balanced grapes, with fantastic purity of flavour. In the winery, double juice settling and racking was followed by cool fermentation. After four months on light lees, the wines were blended and gently fined prior to bottling.

    True to the pedigree of the region, source vineyards, and variety, this is a wine that will age gracefully in the bottle over the next 10 to 15 years.


    96 Points - James Halliday, Top 100 Wines of 2018 (Best of the Rest, November 2018)

    'Light, bright yellow hue with a fresh, clean lemon and straw aroma, while the palate is delicate and restrained, light and subtle, with piercing, penerating flavour. It has that deceptive lightness of fine dry Hunter semillon, but doesn't lack concentration. It's delicate, refined and long, with excellent line. (From old vines on the Howard family's Somerset vineyard)'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke

    'Fragrant apple, lime and a hit of cucumber; focused and penetrative apple, lemon and limey fruit; long and pithy, dry and racy.'

    95 Points - Jeremy Oliver

    'The wine is produced from grapes that are sourced from the old vines of the Somerset Vineyard. The nose is a harmonious mix of lemongrass with lime, white flowers and crushed rock. The wine is precise yet proportioned with a fullness of citrus fruit that is held in suspension by finely held acidity with understated lemongrass coming to the fore alongside citrus zest to finish. Pretty in its youth, will evolve with time.'
    93 Points - Patrick Eckel

    'Detail,  precision and purity are the key themes driving this wine for us," says winemaker Matt Burton. A wine that delivers in style, behold a super Semillon release. From Burton's prized Somerset Vineyard in Pokolbin planted in 1969, a decision was made to machine harvest for the first time. This proved to be a masterstroke - heatwave conditions over a few days in the lead-up caused a concern but a dramatic reduction by ten degrees at night made the case for machine harvesting a blessing. Bursting with freshness and vitality, lemons and lemongrass run a flavoursome course through the mouth. Whiffs of white flowers and a lick of lime leaf adds further interest. Some tension evident,  there's a captivating yet fine grip through the mid palate. The fruit and acid are beautifully balanced delivering a clean and crisp finish. A kiss from the Semillon gods, pucker up! Drink now to a decade.'

    94 Points - Steve Leszczynski

    GOLD MEDAL & 95 Points – 2018 Royal Queensland Wine Show

    GOLD MEDAL & 95 Points – 2018 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    SILVER MEDAL  – 2018 NSW Small Winemakers Show