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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Brokenwood Semillon 2005
Brokenwood Semillon 2005
(search item no. 90106)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 is the 24th vintage of Brokenwood Semillon and a release always worth celebrating. Looking back at the previous vintages, it appeared that the vintage was heading the same direction as 2004 with scorching heat (but thankfully no fires) in the Valley. However, these were fine, dry conditions giving excellent citrus Semillon characters. Harvesting was done by hand. The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Only stainless steel, no oak and no malolactic fermentation.

Excellent, luminous green/yellow color. Lifted zesty, lemongrass aromas with some sweet apple blossom characters. Fruit dominant on the palate but typical tight structure with citrus acid finish. Initial lime plus cut grass flavor. Perfect balance of fruit, alcohol and acid.

Pair this wine with Asian Food and any seafood, especially fresh shucked oysters.

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About Brokenwood:

Although based in Hunter Valley, Brokenwood’s practice of multi-district blending has been a major part of the company's philosophy since fruit from other regions was first sought in 1978. This unique approach and the resulting quality wines have cemented Brokenwood's place as one of Australia's most revered and consistent labels.

Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia's most reputable wine labels. Brokenwood was established by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors who then paid a record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block, initially planned as a cricket round for the local community, was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and later Shiraz. The first vintage picked in 1973 yielded plenty of praise and a loyal following that eventually led to increased production and the creation of a new winery just two years later.

Growth was steady until 1978 when six new partners joined allowing for the purchase of the Graveyard Vineyard the vineyard that produces the winery's flagship wine. When in 1982 Brokenwood decided to diversify into white wines, they appointed Iain Riggs as winemaker and managing director. Just a year after diversifying into white wine production, Brokenwood's output was 70 percent white.