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Mount Pleasant Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon, Hunter Valley 2007 $24

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Hunter semillon is one of the world’s greatest aging white wines. Elizabeth is always released after some ageing (the 2012 and ’11 vintages are also available), but the proof of the pudding is in the cellar-aged releases, this one seven years old and extraordinary value at $24. With a full buttercup-yellow colour, it has toasty, straw, citrus and resin-like aromas of great complexity and allure. It’s very dry and savoury in the mouth and cries out for food. There’s a parade of lemon-butter, beeswax and toast aromas and flavours, all of which extend to a very long finish and aftertaste. Drink now to 2018. 11 per cent alcohol. 95/100 – Huon’s Wine 360

Food: marinated fish; grilled fish; pasta with clams; mussels mariniere.

Stockists: Costco Auburn; Fishermans Fine Wines, Sydney Fish Market; Wine Culture Roseville

Web: mcwilliamscellar.com.au

Ranked #7 of 44 2007 Semillon tasted from the Lower Hunter

Winery Rating: 95.2

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