Our flagship semillon and one of Australia's most awarded white wines. Vat 1 Hunter Semillon epitomised the benefits of patient bottle ageing that transforms this unoaked wine into a masterpiece.
First produced in 1963, the Vat 1 is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before it quietly spends a few years 'resting' in bottles.
It is a classic Hunter Valley semillon showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. This wine is only just beginning to evolve and show a hint of toasty, bottle aged complexity. An iconic Australian wine from what is a classic vintage for Hunter Valley semillon.
VINEYARD – Two of the best blocks of semillon which have light, sandy, well drained soils. Vines planted on their own roots and dry grown. The oldest material being planted in 1923.
SOIL – Alluvial sandy loam
VINTAGE CONDITIONS – A late spring which lead into cooler conditions throughout November and early December with some rain. This lead up left us with above average crop levels and the top vineyards all went through a long, cool ripening period.
YIELD – 3.2 tonnes per acre
DATE PICKED – 13 & 16 February 2012
WINEMAKER’S NOTES –The grapes were hand picked then, after a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled early to maintain its freshness. No oak fermentation or maturation.
WINE ANALYSIS – Alc 10.5% pH 3.02 TA 7.58g/L
DATE BOTTLED – 2 & 3 July 2012
TASTING NOTES – Classic Hunter semillon vintage, the nose is quite restrained with a hint of lime citrus character. A powerful palate that is long and re ned with a core of juicy citrus fruit and an acid pro le which gives the wine its impeccable length. As usual, a young Vat 1 with great balance that is built for a long life in the cellar.