Tim Adams is among a small group of Clare Valley producers achieving consistent results with wooded semillon. After fermentation in new French oak hogsheads, his 2008 Semillon spent a further 5 months in oak.
Its rather pungent aromas of restrained gooseberry, lime and lemon zest show a savoury overlay of grilled nut characters, leading into a smooth and rich palate of well rounded, almost rubbery proportions. With ample depth and luxuriously creamed texture, its juicy, mouthfilling palate delivers a careful balance of soft, gentle melon and herb flavours partnered by pronounced yet agreeable winemaker inputs. Mainly through texture its noticeable oak influence plays, allowing a finely controlled presence of chiselled acidity to command the wine towards an extended finish blessed by enduring notes of tobacco and sour citrus.
ü+ Another skillfully made, superb Tim Adams Semillon with much more flavour and textural interest than one would normally expect from 1 year old Australian semillon. An outstanding example of the oaked style. Superlative value. Drink to 2016.