Brokenwood Oakey Creek Semillon 2009 Front Label
Brokenwood Oakey Creek Semillon 2009 Front Label

Brokenwood Oakey Creek Semillon 2009

  • WE93
  • W&S93
  • RP91
  • WS90
750ML / 11% ABV
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750ML / 11% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The color belies its six years of bottle age upon its release, with wonderful pale green tints. The aromas are pure Hunter Valley Semillon - part lemon grass and part toasted almond. These follow to the palate, texture from the bottle age and nougat and mandarin peel will continue to develop over the next many years. A superb zesty finish.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
This benchmark producer holds its top Semillons back for five years prior to release, which gives consumers a terrific opportunity to try properly cellared Semillon. The 2009 Oakey Creek is surprisingly rich for a wine having only 11% abv, with a slightly creamy texture and a plump mouthfeel. White pepper, yellow plum and green apple notes finish long and crisp. Drink now–2030, but cellar through at least 2020 to develop marmalade and toast characters.

Cellar Selection

W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
This transforms over the course of a day from broad, leesy scents of wheat and almond blossom into a racy white with succulent citrus fruit and fresh green apple acidity. It’s smooth, creamy-rich and harmonious. Decant it for crab season, or cellar it to let the complexity develop.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Oakey Creek Vineyard Semillon seems to be evolving faster than the 2009 ILR Reserve. It shows touches of nut skin and citrus marmalade notes that presage full maturity. It's got vibrant acids to go along with its medium body and a long, tart, mouthwatering finish.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Light and polished, with delicate lime notes at the core. Layers of lanolin and wax mix with hay accents as the hazelnut-infused finish lingers. Drink now through 2025.
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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.

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Hunter Valley Wine

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Most admired for citrus-driven, mineral-rich and often age-worthy Semillon wines, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and was home to its very first commercial vineyards. The region’s warm summer nights coupled with autumn cloud cover and cool sea breezes allow full ripening and healthy acidity levels for Semillon; its diverse soils of volcanic basalt and white alluvial sands promote the development of Semillon’s delicate aromas. Hunter Valley Semillons can certainly be enjoyed in their youth but with 10 to 20 years in the cellar, the best examples develop intriguing notes of honey, browned butter and roasted nuts.

Chardonnay and Shiraz also do well in Hunter Valley.

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Sémillon has the power to create wines with considerable structure, depth and length that will improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to the vivdly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Sémillon especially shines in the Bordeaux region of Sauternes, which produces some of the world’s greatest sweet wines. Somm Secret—Sémillon was so common in South Africa in the 1820s, covering 93% of the country’s vineyard area, it was simply referred to as Wyndruif, or “wine grape.”

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