2017 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Semillon
Crisp and refreshing.
VINTAGE A great vintage. Good rains during last winter ensured a full soil moisture profile. Consistent weather until late Summer also helped the vines gain strength to settle for a couple of hot spells just before ripening which was marked by ideal dry conditions.
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 14/02/17 (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.
"93/100 A wine which comes across restrained and reserved. A little too shy for show but wants to peek around the corner to see what's there. Give it time and it grows in confidence to show its full self. Certainly fresh and crisp, it's the delicate fruit presence which is what I am liking the look of. The third release of this label, citrus, shades of tropical fruit and handfuls of cut herb to show. Only free run juice was used in this wine to reduce phenolics. Good acid cleanses the mouth - it's a wine which calls for lazy days under shady trees or picnics by the water. Fresh seafood would be a perfect partner. This would be a wine sure impress after a number of years in a dark place." QWine, Oct 2018
"90/100 Softer aromatics, the citrus and grassiness are kind of given, that's followed up by a softer bent of tropical fruit - honeydew melon meets something like peach juice. The palate shows the softer tropical flow, with a steelier spine - as if to act as a guide..." The Vinsomniac. Nov 2018
"9/10 Soft and warm even when it's cool, which it was, and is. Needs a bit of food so "plate up" chefs." Daily Examiner, Max Crus, Nov 2018
"Gee it’s got some interesting aromas. Not one thing dominates from a citrussy note to a subtle herb character to a peek of pear and a slight ‘hello’ from some tropical fruits. Thinking about it and looking over what I just typed, complex is probably the appropriate word but it doesn’t quite fit with this wine. Sophisticated is probably a better word. What I could tell from smelling it, I was certainly going to like this wine.
"Delicious and juicy tropical fruits sit atop a nice citrus/acid foundation on the palate. It’s quite delicate and refined but still has good palate presence and persistence. I realise I alluded to Semillons being drunk too young, but in this case, for a wine so young and with a bright future, everything seems in sync already for immediate enjoyment…and that was exactly what we did!
"N.B. I tasted this over three days and it developed slowly and very nicely over that time. These notes were made on day two" Words from a Wineglass, Oct 2018
"This is only the third release of this superb Semillon in the four wine-producing decades of Huntington Estate. It is well deserving of the Special Reserve label, as it embodies all the attributes of class and pedigree. It currently displays all the regional varietal characteristics of pineapple / straw and honey on toast. The clean zingy acid backbone supports & enhances the generous primary fruit aromas and flavours even at this stage of youthfulness. This is a seamless, ideally balanced Semillon of substance and promise which will continue to evolve and gratify for quite a few years. It's one of the most approachable young Semillons that I have enjoyed for a while." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour, 2018