Brokenwood "ILR Reserve" Semillon 2009 ~ Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
97/100 James Halliday
96/100 Huon Hooke
95/100 Jeremy Oliver
92/100 Wine & Spirits Magazine
92/100 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal- Decanter world wine awards
4 Trophies Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016
Trophy – NSW Wine Industry Awards 2015
2015 Shanghai International Wine Challenge – Trophy for Best Semillon
2015 Sydney Royal Wine Show – Gold Medal
Decanter Gold medal Brokenwood, ILR Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales 2009 (10.9%). "Although relatively closed and reserved, this is still racy and fresh. There are some honeyed, spicy hints to the fruit on the palate which is just beginning to build up some texture, and the structured acidity drives the length of the finish. A keeper".
Huon Hooke “A classic semillon, starting to enter its peak drinking period....Zesty, tangy, vibrant. Long, harmonious finish with lip-smacking dryness......Bright, light yellow colour and a fresh, youthful, shy bouquet loaded with green herb primary fruit aromas. It is amazingly youthful for its age. The palate is intense and delicate, fresh and bright, with plenty of fruit and a dry finish and balance. ”
James Halliday ".... the palate is electrifying, drawing saliva from the mouth with its mix of unsweetened lemon juice/lemon zest and life-giving acidity, the DNA of great semillon, protected by the screwcap for decades."
The ILR Reserve Semillon is named after Chief Winemaker and Managing Director Iain Leslie Riggs, who joined the winery in 1982. Iain has taken Brokenwood from a small ‘hobby’ winery into the national and international arena, and was the driving force in Brokenwood extending the range to white wines.
The ILR Reserve Semillon is an aged white wine that receives no oak. After tasting the wine over the first three years the decision was made to release at 5 years bottle age, in other words to have some bottle development but capable of aging further. In terms of winemaking it was a case of low (and now, zero) skin contact and neutral yeast.
Established in 1970 Brokenwood Wines is one of Australia's most reputable premium wine labels and a must-visit in the Hunter Valley. It was established by Australia's leading wine critic, James Halliday. Consistently listed as a 5 star winery, Brokenwood is home to the famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the highly acclaimed ILR Reserve Semillon, and the popular Cricket Pitch Range.