2016 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Semillon
Crisp and refreshing.
VINTAGE 2016 was an ideal vintage in Mudgee, with good rainfall over Spring and early Summer giving way to warm and dry conditions ideal for ripening.
VARIETY Huntington’s ﬂagship white grape, our Semillon is as age-worthy as those from our neighbours in the Hunter, but is more approachable when young thanks to a cooler, longer ripening period that allows us to preserve acids while better ripening the fruit. A Huntington Semillon is fresh, delicate and crisp.
WINEMAKING Fruit from Block 6 - the best Semillon fruit on the vineyard - was picked 03/02/16 (early for punchier acids and a leaner wine). Free-run juice only was used - no pressings to reduce phenolics. Cold ferment in stainless steel with 6 weeks post ferment lees contact and early bottling.
IN NOSE Citrus, lychee and nashi pear with gentle grassy characters.
IN MOUTH Tropical mid-palate with a citrus backbone and flinty, mineral edge in a fine, restrained palate. Balanced with a clean, dry finish.
CELLAR until 2026+
DRINK WITH Lightly fried whiting or bait fish.
TOP GOLD MEDAL 2017 MUDGEE WINE SHOW
"Huntington Estate's 2016 semillon is from 50 year old vines in Mudgee, and opens to fresh cut grass and waxy apple skin aromas. The palate is light to medium bodied, the acidity fresh and the length very good. In all, this is very good semillon release that can be approached now or cellared for improvement over the next decade. Rating: Very Good. " Grape Observer, April 2018
"4 Stars 90/100 Gently grassy aromas, clean and restrained, with a commensurately fine, restrained palate. Balanced, not tart. Clean, dry finish. A little richer than the regular semillon. (No residual sugar)." Huon Hooke, Dec 2017
"91/100 ... It's certainly grassy on the nose. Pithy citrus fruit comes into the frame too. The fruit fills the mouth - it's fat like Semillon can be. Nicely weighted, that ribbon of citrusy goodness runs through with ease. Some textural interest is evident... " QWine, Mar 2018
"91/100 ... It’s got a bit of width and weight to it. The acid isn’t shy and carries a fine vein of citrus to boot. There’s good texture from a bit of extended time on lees, gives it gravitas. It’s not your “battery acid in youth” Semillon, possessing a good balance and moreish aspect to it. Good wine, good length, giving and with a suggestion of a phenolic edge....More " The Vinsomniac. Mar 2018
"This latest Semillon sourced from low yielding old vines ticks all the appropriate varietal characteristics reflective of the region. It delivers a lively profile of straw grassiness with an underlying citrus savouriness & astringency. The relative low alcohol component supports a clean fruit profile resulting in refreshingly pleasurable vinous enjoyment." The Grape Hunter, Apr 2018
"The variety’s trademark grassy flavours spring to the fore in this lovely dry white... The wine simply cries out for seafood of a fairly complex nature. Try it with a spicy crab dish..." Oz Baby Boomers, John Rozentals, April 2018
"This old vine Semillon has alluring grassy citrus aromas, lovely steely, tight, restrained flavours that will blossom with a bit of time, to make it a great aperitif wine. It is very classy and is a SUBERB FOOD WINE right now." Dan Traucki, Wine Assist, April 2018
"It’s a shy young thing. I had to give it a decent swirl and shake in the glass to get some subtle lemon and grassy notes on the nose and I thought this was a sign of things to come. Well I was wrong. Tasting this wine was a pleasure indeed. That lemon aroma moves up a notch in this realm of the experience with that citrusy acid taking all before it. However, it’s not like some ‘in your face acid’ that you can get from young Semillon. Perfectly balanced by some nice weight and texture, it seems to get better the more you taste it. The acid became soft, the wine seemed to fill out and it lingered long. I’ve never known a wine to make me feel guilty like this one did, unintentional of course. As I said earlier, after tasting this wine, I really don’t appreciate or drink Semillon enough. It deserves better treatment not just by me but universally." Words from a Wineglass, Anthony Peters, Mar 2018