2017 Braemore Semillon by Andrew Thomas
Hunter Valley semillon is one of the worlds most uniquely regional wine styles. The Braemore vineyard (planted 1969) is situated on the sandy alluvial flats of Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, and consistently produces semillon featuring freshness, vibrancy and remarkable longevity. This wine has achieved an enviable reputation in recent years as being one of the finest examples of classic Hunter Valley semillon.
The 2017 growing season opened with good spring rainfall, setting the vineyards with abundant subsoil moisture. This was followed by one of the hottest driest ripening periods for many years. Hand picking during the last week of January and first wek of February. Whole bunch pressed to minimise phenolics and fermented with a neutral yeast to enhance the varietal purity. The wine spent five weeks resting on its yeast lees prior to bottling in May. Sylistically, the 2017 Braemore is similar to the awesome 2007 vintage, its fruit generosity providing excellent current drinking as well as being a belter for the cellar.