Friday, December 16, 2011

POOLE'S ROCK SEMILLON 2009

- Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
- $36-$45
- Screwcap
- 10.7%alc

The Hunter Valley based Poole's Rock might've surprised a few people last year, when their Tasmanian pinot noir won Best Tasmanian Red Wine at the 2010 Royal Hobart International Wine Show. Fast forwarding to the present day, it's a balmy 32 degrees here in Adelaide, so the more traditional estate grown Poole's Rock Semillon seems a sound choice of drink. I love the moderate alcohol of these wines for such occasions.

Zingy, fresh and tight, with subtle, spicy flint aromas imparting a brisk edge to its lively lemon, pear and grass scents, the 2009 Poole's Rock delivers its very youthful Hunter nose with precision, balance and character. Initially, it's quite an upfront and juicy semillon, with shades of fresh grass and pear skin adding style to its clean core of mineral/citrus flavour, but its length of juicy fruit just loses a bit of momentum down the line. Its structure, however, doesn't, suggesting it could flesh out further with time. The high point is its chalky, lifting backbone of polished citric acids, which carry the wine with refreshing appeal, leaving a dusty note of chalk in the aftertaste. Give it time.

ü A very nice, structurally focused Hunter sem that like others of its ilk, should improve dramatically in the bottle. Drink 2015-2021.
92 points


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