I strongly admire Brokenwood for their undervalued yet consistent, house style entry level semillon, which is typically defined by its distinct lemon/grassy characters and a zesty palate.
Classically clear-straw, almost colourless, the 2008 Semillon shows Brokenwood's clearly lifted, fragrant grassy tones, with restrained aromas of lemon herb and mineral in support. Its clean and pure palate is blessed by a slightly juicy undercarriage of well defined sour lemon flavour, which extends with agreeable thrust into a zingy finish, defined by zesty, sour acids tingling into the aftertaste with an accompaniment of lingering tobacco notes.
ü Brokenwood's 2008 may not possess the cellaring potential of the 2006 (93pts) or 2007 (93pts) wines, but for semillon enthusiasts, it'll drink very nicely into the short term. Drink to 2013.