2015 Late Harvest Semillon

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Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 11.0%

Background: Meerea Park has dabbled in Late Harvest (sweet or semi-sweet) wines over the years, as it is not a focus of the brand. Sweet wines have been made from Traminer, Viognier and now Semillon.

Fruit source: The ‘Lochleven’ vineyard situated on Deasy’s Road in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: After harvest, the fruit made a very short journey to the winery where it was fermented in Stainless Steel. Fermentation was stopped at 11% alc with the balance of sugar, (34g/L) left as residual.

Maturation: No maturation was undertaken.

Winemaker’s comments: 2015 was a vintage that suited white grape varieties well, and right in the zone for Semillon.

Tasting note: A great nose that oozes candied stone-fruits and honeydew melon aromas. The palate is plush with sweet mouth-filling ripe fruit flavours. A nice line of acidity keeps the palate fresh and lively.

Cellaring estimate: Drink now to 2020.

Suggested food match: Light deserts or cheese platters.

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