2016 Cirillo Estate '1850 Vines' Semillon
The Cirillo 1850 Semillon is harvested entirely of a single vineyard in the Light Pass region in the Barossa Valley believed to be the oldest Semillon (Madeira) vineyard in the world. It is one of the few remaining Madeira vineyards left in Australia. This is why it is released under the Semillon varietal name, as opposed to the Madeira region.
Picked early in the season, normally in mid to late January, it is harvested with great acidity. The fruit is hand-picked and basket-pressed. The wine is then tank fermented, without oak. It is then bottle aged for 5 years before being released.
It is extremely pale green/yellow, almost clear in colour. The aroma is of lifted lemongrass with clean mineral characters. Fruit is dominant on the palate with a lean, light structure and driven acid finish.
This Semillon is the ideal balance of fruit and acidity. Truly an exciting Semillon that will reward early drinking or cellaring for years to come.
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