Thursday, October 8, 2009


 - Clare Valley, SA
 - $18-$25
 - Screwcap
 - 13.0%alc

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.

üAnother 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.
93 points

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