Monday, August 3, 2009


 - Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
 - $14-$22
 - Screwcap
 - 10.0%alc

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.
91 points

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