The Château Old Vine Semillon 2010
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Tasting Notes

The nose shows lifted aromas of citrus fruits and lemon butter with a hint of vanilla from partial barrel fermentation and maturation. The palate is delicate, yet intense, with great line and length finishing with a natural and refreshing acidity.

Winemaking

Handpicked early in the morning, the fruit was delivered cool to the winery. Gentle pressing to minimise phenolics and cold settling preceeded a long, cool fermentation averaging 14°C.
A portion (10%) of the Semillon was fermented in new French oak using a wild yeast to give added complexity and structure to the wine.

 

Reviews
Top Gold
Review by: Rutherglen Wine Show 2010
Top Gold in class with 56 points out of 60. 2010 Rutherglen wine show
Bronze Medal
Review by: Sydney Royal Wine Show 2011
91 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012
Made from 80-year-old vines in a single vineyard at Vine Vale; partial barrel fermentation (doubtless older barrels) and maturation has worked well, without obscuring the varietal fruit; has enough weight and texture to be enjoyed now, or with the benefit of medium-term cellaring. Given its heritage, very good value. James Halliday
4 Star Wine
Review by: Tony Love, The Advertiser
Labelled "old vine'' with Barossan pride, this is looking very smart as a young pup. Glossy, fresh linen and citrus creamy aromas, a bit of lemon tart and plenty of minerals and bitey lemon juice lipsmack. It's serious semillon - don't dismiss the variety - with wild and part barrel ferment, and at this price it's worth hiding a few away for further bottle-aged complexities. Tony Love
4 1/2 Star wine
Review by: Winestate, Winestate Magazine
Full-flavoured Semillon with a flinty/ lemon grass nose and quite a lovely rich lemon palate with grassy/ spicy layers and some oak evident, supported by a lovely minerally acid backbone. WINESTATE - September/October 2011
1001 WINES UNDER $20
Review by: James Halliday

This very important historic winery building has been brought back to its glory days by South African-born cricket tragic John Geber. This wine is made from 80 year-old vines in a single vineyard at Vine Vale; partial barrel fermentation (doubtless older barrels) and maturation have worked well, without obscuring the varietal fruit. It has enough weight and texture to be enjoyed now, or will benefit from medium-term cellaring. Given its heritage, very good value. James Halliday. 91 Points

1001 WINES UNDER $20 - 2012

 

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CLOSURE
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WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
100 % Semillon
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
11 %
RESIDUAL SUGAR
3.0g/L
ACIDITY
6.24g/L
pH
3.02
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Sold Out
Tasting Notes

The nose shows lifted aromas of citrus fruits and lemon butter with a hint of vanilla from partial barrel fermentation and maturation. The palate is delicate, yet intense, with great line and length finishing with a natural and refreshing acidity.

Winemaking

Handpicked early in the morning, the fruit was delivered cool to the winery. Gentle pressing to minimise phenolics and cold settling preceeded a long, cool fermentation averaging 14°C.
A portion (10%) of the Semillon was fermented in new French oak using a wild yeast to give added complexity and structure to the wine.

 

Reviews
Top Gold

Score: Top Gold
Review by: Rutherglen Wine Show 2010
Top Gold in class with 56 points out of 60. 2010 Rutherglen wine show

Bronze Medal

Score: Bronze Medal
Review by: Sydney Royal Wine Show 2011

91 Points

Score: 91 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012
Made from 80-year-old vines in a single vineyard at Vine Vale; partial barrel fermentation (doubtless older barrels) and maturation has worked well, without obscuring the varietal fruit; has enough weight and texture to be enjoyed now, or with the benefit of medium-term cellaring. Given its heritage, very good value. James Halliday

4 Star Wine

Score: Stars
Review by: Tony Love, The Advertiser
Labelled "old vine'' with Barossan pride, this is looking very smart as a young pup. Glossy, fresh linen and citrus creamy aromas, a bit of lemon tart and plenty of minerals and bitey lemon juice lipsmack. It's serious semillon - don't dismiss the variety - with wild and part barrel ferment, and at this price it's worth hiding a few away for further bottle-aged complexities. Tony Love

4 1/2 Star wine

Score: Stars
Review by: Winestate, Winestate Magazine
Full-flavoured Semillon with a flinty/ lemon grass nose and quite a lovely rich lemon palate with grassy/ spicy layers and some oak evident, supported by a lovely minerally acid backbone. WINESTATE - September/October 2011

1001 WINES UNDER $20
Review by: James Halliday

This very important historic winery building has been brought back to its glory days by South African-born cricket tragic John Geber. This wine is made from 80 year-old vines in a single vineyard at Vine Vale; partial barrel fermentation (doubtless older barrels) and maturation have worked well, without obscuring the varietal fruit. It has enough weight and texture to be enjoyed now, or will benefit from medium-term cellaring. Given its heritage, very good value. James Halliday. 91 Points

1001 WINES UNDER $20 - 2012

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2009 |  2011 |  2012 |  2013 |  2014 | 
CLOSURE
Stelvin

WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
100 % Semillon
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
11 %
RESIDUAL SUGAR
3.0g/L
ACIDITY
6.24g/L
pH
3.02
HI-RES PHOTO
Click here to download.

 

 

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