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2017 Noble Semillon
WINE MAKING NOTES
The Semillon grapes for this wine were grown on the upper terrace of Askerne Vineyard. The fruit was hand harvested with bunches selected for a heavy botrytis infection. It was then stomped and soaked on skins for 24 hours before pressing. Fermentation was with inoculated yeasts. The wine was aged for 20 months in barrel (25 % new) prior to blending and bottling.
TA 8.4 g/l
Residual sugar 126 g/l
Alcohol 13 %
Classic botrytis notes of honey, fig, macerated apricots and peaches, alongside tropical fruit notes, spices and hazelnuts. The palate is weighty and unctuous, yet married with a persistent freshness that is the hallmark of Semillon. This sumptuous dessert wine was picked in the last days of April and is ready drink now. It will continue to develop with further cellaring.
Trophy Hawkes Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards 2019
Gold Medal Hawkes Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards 2019
5 Stars Michael Coopers Buyers Guide
5 Stars Winestate
5 Stars Wine Orbit
2020 Pinot Gris 5 Stars Michael Cooper "This powerful, Alsace-style Pinot Gris is attractively scented, with mouth filling body and ripe stonefruit, ginger and spice flavours. delicious, it is fleshy, with a lightly oily texture and an off-dry, harmonious finish"