Brokenwood Semillon 2020 ~ Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
This is great……and here’s why!94/100 Bob Campbell
92/100 Stuart Knox, The Real Review
92/100 Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review
91/100 Wine Enthusiast
91/100 Wine Spectator
15.5/20 Jancis Robinson
95/100 James Halliday (2019 vintage)
94/100 The Wine Front (2019 vintage)
95/100 James Halliday (2018 Vintage)
92/100 The Wine Front (2018 Vintage)
92/100 James Suckling (2018 Vintage)
4 star - The Real Review Recommended
Top Rank - The Real Review Recommended
Silver Medal - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards
Silver Medal - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2019 Vintage)
Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show (2018 Vintage)
Bob Campbell "Pure, vibrant and deliciously tangy Hunter Valley semillon with citrus, lemon peel, green apple and nut flavours supported by wonderfully mouth-watering acidity. Delicious now but with great potential. Great value at this price"
Stuart Knox, The Real Review "Great length and flow. Drinking wonderfully now but will also evolve into a more complex beast over time....Very pale-lemon colour. Lime zest, green shoots and touch of bakery on the nose. Bright fresh citrus fruit on the palate, quite soft (relatively) acidity gives the feeling of plushness across the tongue."
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review "Delicious...this is top notch Hunter semillon in the first pure flush of youth. Lemon, green apple, dry grass and slight waxy aromas lead into a vibrant, juicy, sustained mouthful with a lip-smacking dry backbone. "
Wine Enthusiast "This renowned estate's most recent vintage—a hot, dry and difficult year—has produced a solid wine that may not have the longevity of some previous vintages, but that offers a lot of drinkability in the short term. There's a heady perfume of lemon oil, orange peel, dried herbs, beeswax, wool and kerosene. The palate is fresh but not shrill or unbalanced. Drink through 2029"
Wine Spectator "A potent, powerful and focused mix of ruby grapefruit, Key lime and pomelo flavors at the core, with a firm, vividly juicy frame. A touch of beeswax lingers with intensity. Drink now. 500 cases imported."
James Halliday "Has a little bit extra to the fruit line. While still speaking to the classic lemon-accented aromas and flavours, there is an extra edge of lemon/passionfruit sorbet. The drinking window will remain open for as long as you wish.." (2019 vintage)
The Winemaker "A vibrant colour with a touch more than usual due to the sunshine. Lovely florals and lemongrass aromas. Mouth-filling flavours of pear and lemon pith balancing the zesty acid backbone. The aromas and fruit weight belie the 10.8% alcohol and reconfirm that the Hunter Valley produces fruit at optimal ripeness at much lower sugar levels. A classic Hunter Valley Semillon to enjoy now or will age gracefully over many years. " (2019 vintage)
James Halliday "A deservedly fashionable winery producing consistently excellent wines. Its big-selling Hunter Semillon provides the volume to balance the limited quantities of the flagships ILR Semillon and Graveyard Shiraz. Brokenwood purchased the Graveyard Vineyard from Hungerford Hill in '78 and has been working to totally rehabilitate the vineyard over the ensuing decades. It's been a vine by vine exercise, with a degree of experimentation of rootstocks and clonal material from other, even older vineyards. Next, there is a range of wines coming from regions including Beechworth (a major resource is the associated Indigo Vineyard), Orange, Central Ranges, McLaren Vale, Cowra and elsewhere. In 2017 Iain Riggs celebrated his 35th vintage at the helm of Brokenwood, offering a unique mix of winemaking skills, management of a diverse business, and an unerring ability to keep Brokenwood's high profile fresh and newsworthy. He has also contributed a great deal to various wine industry organisations." (2018 Vintage)
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.
Australian Wine Companion "Brokenwood consistently produces excellent wines.
Australian Wine Companion "Brokenwood's big-selling Hunter Semillon provides the volume to balance the limited quantities of the flagships ILR Semillon and Graveyard Shiraz. Brokenwood purchased the Graveyard Vineyard from Hungerford Hill in 1978 and has fully rehabilitated the vineyard in a vine-by-vine exercise. There is also a range of wines coming from regions including Beechworth (a major resource is the Indigo Vineyard), Orange, Central Ranges, McLaren Vale, Cowra and elsewhere. In 2017 Iain Riggs celebrated his 35th vintage at the helm of Brokenwood, offering a unique mix of winemaking skills, management of a diverse business and an unerring ability to keep Brokenwood’s high profile fresh and newsworthy. He also contributed a great deal to various wine industry organisations."
The Hunter Valley is the best-known and most highly prized wine region in New South Wales. It is known as the region where the Australian wine industry started. The valley's winemakers have pioneered two distinctive styles of wine (oaked Chardonnay and dry Semillon) and has retained a strong connection with both of them. The Hunter Valley's most famous wine style is its distinctive dry Semillon, made there since the 1870s. Hunter Valley Semillons are renowned for their ability to improve with age.
Sémillon is one of the wine world's unsung heroes. The gold-skinned grape produces France's most famous and revered sweet wines, notably Sauternes, and some of the greatest dry white wines of Australia - particulary those in the Hunter Valley.