Brokenwood Semillon 2008
Semillon from Hunter Valley, Australia
The 2008 Hunter Valley Semillon is a bright straw color with pale green tinges. Initial grassy notes dominate the nose, while more classic Hunter lime and lemon shine through with time in the glass. The palate is typically ethereal, yet with great intensity in the lemongrass and citrus flavors present. The natural acidity and clean crisp flavors make this a perfect example of Hunter Valley Semillon.
Australian Wine Companion - "Crisp, fresh, zesty aromas and flavours, gaining velocity on the back-palate and finish, with notes of lemon/lemon rind; lingering aftertaste."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright straw. Pungent, spicy herbal, mineral and citrus aromas, plus a hint of anise. Limeade and pink grapefruit on the palate, with white pepper and bitter quinine notes adding vivacity. Firm, sharply focused and pure on the finish, with the lime note repeating. This uncompromising style will be too severe for some, but fans of truly dry wines will love it."
Wine Spectator - "Light, tangy and refreshing for its deft balance of citrus, pear and apple flavors, persisting impressively on the delicate finish. Needs time to develop. Best after 2013. 300 cases imported."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Hunter Valley Semillon was picked early because of rain but has still turned out well. Light straw-colored it exhibits aromas of candle wax, citrus, lemon curd, and mineral. Light in body (just 10% alcohol) but crisp and tasty, it will pair beautifully with seafood. It is Hunter Valley’s version of Txakoli. "
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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. View all Brokenwood Wines
About Hunter ValleyView a map of Hunter Valley wineries Like the state it's in, New South Wales, Hunter Valley is hot. The traditional grapes of the region are Shiraz & Semillon.Chardonnay has also become a popular and very produced variety. The warm weather and abundant sunshine gets the grapes beautifully ripe, which in turn produces big and rich wines.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.