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The Society's Hunter Valley Semillon 2021

White Wine from Australia - New South Wales
2.000000000 star rating 6 Reviews
A brilliant example of one of Australia's greatest and most unique wine styles, made for us by Brokenwood. Lemon-and-lime driven and intensely refreshing, this is a real Aussie classic.
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Code: AU24041

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Semillon
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 11% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
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The Society's Hunter Valley Semillon Video transcript

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Australia is home to all manner of different wine styles. They've got a very rich wine history there. One of my favourite styles of Australian wine, which goes back many, many years is Hunter semillon, and this is The Society's Hunter Semillon, which is made for us by Brokenwood.

Hunter Valley is actually right over in the east of Australia, and it's got a really, really unique climate for winemaking. You shouldn't really be able to grow grapes there because they get a lot of rain. They harvest so early, and it really maintains this incredible searing acidity in the wines, which means that they can age so, so well, even starting at a very affordable price point.

We've selected this one so that it's all about primary fruit and freshness. It's a really, really refreshing style of white wine and really delicate. It's all about kind of lemon pith, lime juice and things like that. I think it smells lovely. It just makes your mouth start to water even when you put your nose in the glass, and on the palate, it's all about purity.

I mean, white wine doesn't really get much more refreshing than that. It's really nice to enjoy in its youth, but you could keep it actually, if you wanted to. It's going to develop these kind of beeswaxy, honey kind of notes, which makes it so complex.

If you're not really familiar with these traditional styles of Australian wines, then this is the perfect place to start.

So, you really should give it a go.

  • 100ml of this wine contains 77 kcal
  • The bottle contains 8.3 units of alcohol
  • A 125ml glass of this wine contains 96 kcal and 1.3 units of alcohol


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New South Wales

Australia's first vineyards were planted here in 1788. Today, the state is most famous for the Hunter Valley, where Australia's most delicate, ageworthy white wines are made. Picked early and light in alcohol, Hunter semillon is delicious for its dry, tight structure and lemony fruit which becomes toasty and soft in texture with age. In successful vintages, Hunter’s medium-bodied, earthy and ageworthy shiraz reds can also be outstanding.

Brokenwood

Beginning life in 1970 as a hobby vineyard, farmed at weekends by a trio of Sydney solicitors, the Brokenwood estate has evolved to become one of Australia’s most well thought-of wineries. Located in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley it is now owned by a syndicate of 23, with an excellent winemaking team under the aegis of Ian Riggs, a fine winemaker and world-renowned wine show judge who joined Brokenwood in 1982.

Daily Record

Like the chardonnays of Western Australia … semillon from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales is rather special. Conditions there seem to generate extra acidity and are brilliant at giving unoaked...
Like the chardonnays of Western Australia … semillon from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales is rather special. Conditions there seem to generate extra acidity and are brilliant at giving unoaked versions like this added vitality and substance. Textured but zingy, this example features pithy orange and grapefruit flavours that are given complexity by sherbet hints and vague savoury elements but enlivened by sharp fresh lemon acidity.
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Brian Elliott

Midweek Wines

Climate and other conditions make New South Wales Hunter Valley a discouraging place to grow grapes – but, happily, nobody told semillon vines. It is probably the extra acidity its grapes seem to retain...
Climate and other conditions make New South Wales Hunter Valley a discouraging place to grow grapes – but, happily, nobody told semillon vines. It is probably the extra acidity its grapes seem to retain thereabouts that makes the difference – which is particularly noticeable in unoaked versions like this. Textured with zingy verve, [this wine] centres around pithy orange and grapefruit flavours. That foundation is neatly enlivened by sharp, clean tasting lemon acidity and given complexity by sherbet hints and vaguely savoury elements.
Read more

Brian Elliott

Midweek Wines

Climate and other conditions make New South Wales Hunter Valley a discouraging place to grow grapes – but, happily, nobody told semillon vines. It is probably the extra acidity its grapes seem to retain...
Climate and other conditions make New South Wales Hunter Valley a discouraging place to grow grapes – but, happily, nobody told semillon vines. It is probably the extra acidity its grapes seem to retain thereabouts that makes the difference – which is particularly noticeable in unoaked versions like this. Textured with zingy verve, [this wine] centres around pithy orange and grapefruit flavours. That foundation is neatly enlivened by sharp, clean tasting lemon acidity and given complexity by sherbet hints and vaguely savoury elements.
Read more

Brian Elliott

South Wales Echo

This crisp juicy white, that shows grassy citrus notes in its youth, ages really well to reveal fatter honeyed fruit and those famous hayloft aromas, and at this price it may be worth putting a couple...
This crisp juicy white, that shows grassy citrus notes in its youth, ages really well to reveal fatter honeyed fruit and those famous hayloft aromas, and at this price it may be worth putting a couple away for a sunny day.
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Neil Cammies

Belfast News Letter

... exceptionally zippy and zesty ... A delightfully tangy palate full of bright sharp lemon and lime flavours which combine with grassy aromatics and hints of mineral in this racy, refreshing white which ...
... exceptionally zippy and zesty ... A delightfully tangy palate full of bright sharp lemon and lime flavours which combine with grassy aromatics and hints of mineral in this racy, refreshing white which will be an ideal match to seafood or poultry.
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Raymond Gleug

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