Old vine semillon
The Willows Vineyard Semillon 2015, Barossa Valley, AUD $17
Australian wine is filled wine gems, and this is most certainly one of them. It is made from a single vineyard of semillon planted in 1936 by Herbert Scholz. But don’t be deceived by this wine. At first, it looks decidedly neutral. But then after a few minutes, its shyness disappears and the wine becomes beautifully expressive. There are some faint blossom notes, gooseberry and a little lime. The palate has some lovely restrained fruit with undertones of lemon butter. Pleasant texture and medium-weight.
This is a wine lovers wine – a wine to think about and ponder. It expresses both place and variety. Just give it some time and take care not to over-chill.
Score: 88 ★★★½
Ageing: now to 2020
Food: grilled whole bream, infused with lemon, dill and butter
Stockists: The Willows Vineyard; Parade Cellars, Norwood – SA (AU). Not available in NZ