Savoury and saline

Like A Version Braemore Semillon 2020, Hunter Valley, AUD $35

Andrew Thomas is a Hunter Valley stalwart, his Braemore vineyard produces amongst the best semillons of the region. His maverick nature is a testament to this wine, a semillon that sidesteps the conventional ‘Hunter Valley sems’.

From his Braemore vineyard, Thomas lets a guest winemaker take charge of the ‘Like A Version’ each vintage. The grapes were the last to be picked from his Braemore site, which remarkably escaped the effects of the 2020 smoke taint due to its distance from the Broken Back Range.

It’s partially fermented wild with minimal additions, old French oak and lots of solids. Its striking nose of smoke, brioche and ginger leads to a savoury palate with saline edges and dimension. It captures a beautiful sense of wildness that lures you back for another sip. (Screwcap)

Score: 91 ★★★★ – view original tasting note

Alcohol: 11.5%

Ageing: drink now to 2029

Food: roast chook cooked with lots of butter

Stockists: Thomas Wines

Ranked: #9 of 26 2020 Sémillon from Australia

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