2011 ’Terracotta’ Semillon

2011 Terracotta Semillon - FSRegion: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 11.0%

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 dishes

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