Background: The ‘Terracotta’ wines get their name from the soils on which the fruit is grown. These red basalt/clay soils are renowned for their low fertility thus reducing the yield of the vine and increasing fruit concentration.
Fruit source: A small parcel of Semillon was harvested early from a high block on the Howard’s ‘Somerset’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
Fermentation: The fruit was hand picked and fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Maturation: There was no oak maturation with bottling taking place in July 2011 under screwcap. This wine was cellar matured for nearly 5 years prior to release in late 2015.
Winemaker’s comments: Despite a shakey start to the growing season in late 2010, 2011 blossomed into a very good vintage for both white and red varieties.
Tasting note: Still pale straw in colour with a lovely toasty nose. Lanolin aromas are also starting to develop over the top of citrus, giving it the hallmarks of a very good aged Semillon. There is generous flavour with a spine of balancing acidity.
Cellaring estimate: Medium—Long term. 10+ years
Suggested food match: All fresh and cooked seafood dishesDownload pdf