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2024 Collection Release: 100 Year Old Vines Semillon 2023

$80.00 / bottle

WINEMAKING
100 Year Old VInes Semillon 2023: Hand-picked and basket pressed, this carefully crafted wine is matured for seven months in the finest seasoned French oak puncheons, enhancing aroma, whilst building flavour complexity, depth and length. Although approachable in its youth, this exceptional Barossa Semillon has considerable breadth and length of flavour and can cellar for up to twenty years.

VINEYARD

Many priceless old vine Semillon vineyards are under threat in the Barossa, however in making this wine we have preserved an important part of the Barossa’s heritage. The nose shows lifted aromas of citrus fruits and lemon butter with a hint of vanilla from partial wild yeast and barrel fermentation and maturation. The palate is delicate, yet intense, with great line and length finishing with a natural and refreshing acidity.

TASTING NOTES

Honey, Lemon, Grapefruit and hints of pineapple on the nose. Lively, fresh citrus and stonefruit on the fleshy palate with clean, fresh acidity on a long lingering finish. A seamless wine of fine acid structure and intense varietal flavours driving the length on the palate.

97 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95 Points – Ray Jordan, Wine Pilot
93 Points – Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
92 Points – Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot
91 Points – Aaron Brasher, Huon Hooke’s The Real Review

Specifications

Region

Region

Barossa

Grape Variety

Grape Variety

100% Semillon

Closure

Closure

Lux Stelvin

Winemaker

Winemaker

Jeremy Ottawa

Alcohol

Alcohol

13.50%

Reviews

97 Points

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Pristine and fabulously styled, the elegantly fragrant bouquet shows lime cordial, lemongrass, mango and green tea aromas, followed by a concentrated palate displaying fine focus and exceptional drive. Brilliantly structured by refined texture and perfectly pitched acidity, finishing impressively long and engaging. At its best: 2027 to 2043.

95 Points

Ray Jordan, Wine Pilot

A wonderful reminder of how good Barossa Semillon can be, this is from vines that are more than 100 years old. After basket pressing it was matured for seven months in seasoned oak. The result is a wine of tremendous texture and mouthfeel but with a fine and precise long finish. Displaying a typical waxy lemon character, this is super stuff and great in the cellar. Drink by: 2024-2042

93 Points

Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot

It is far from uncommon to enjoy red wines from South Australia that come from vines more than a century in age. It is much less common to see whites of that great age. There are 2,700 bottles of this venerable old Semillon from the Barossa. The wine spent seven months in older French oak puncheons after barrel fermentation.
A lovely gleaming pale lemon hue. The nose offers notes of lemon curd, vanilla and spices, hints of grapefruit pith. This is bright and intense with good energy. A supple texture, with a fine line of citrussy acidity. Decent length here and a clean finish. This is, unsurprisingly, very different to Hunter Semillons. Still has another good ten years ahead.

92 Points

Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot

This 2023 old vine Barossa Semillon is restrained yet shows plenty of promise with wafts of lanolin, melon and beeswax with touches of oak maturation. A subtle grip and creaminess to the texture with nutty oak peaking through plus a lengthy finish show good potential although right now it remains embryonic and tightly bound. Drink by: 2028-2035

91 Points

Aaron Brasher, Huon Hooke's The Real Review

Lifted aromas of nutty oak, vanilla, lemon curd, stone fruit and citrus pith. Mouth-filling, textured, layered and long. Driven by a core of mealy, lemony flavours along with pithy acidity and a smart drive of punchy acidity. 2024-2034