2019 White Label Ceres Hill Semillon
Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics was a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we hand picked in mid January. Fruit quality was exceptionally high especially in Chardonnay and Semillon.
The vineyard faces east and has less sun exposure allowing for slower, even ripening. The soil is grey, alluvial clay which forces the vines to work hard giving lower yields and more concentrated fruit. This grey soil is distinct from the dolerite soil on the Fordwich Sill and gives Semillon with higher acidity and finer flavours. We ensure extra concentration in the fruit by keeping yields low and ‘fruit thinning’ when necessary which requires cutting off underripe grapes during the growing season so the vine can concentrate its energy to ripening the remaining bunches on the vine.
The grapes were handpicked when just ripe, to maintain fine flavours and naturally high acidity. The juice was fermented on full solids using indigenous yeasts which offered a uniquely different style of Semillon contributing more generous aromatics than what is traditionally expected from Hunter Valley Semillon. In the winery, we leave the wine on lees to develop palate texture.
This wine has a lovely aromatics of lemon myrtle and chamomile flower. The palate shows zesty fruit of white grapefruit, lemons and lime sherbet. The texture is dry with river stone and mineral notes and the finish is long and refreshing with tingling acidity.
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10 + years
Titratable Acidity 7.8g/L
Residual Sugar < 1g/L