The “biggest” of the Single Vineyard semillon range from Gundog Estate, made in the excellent Hunter Valley vintage of 2014. The vineyard is easterly facing on the slopes of Mount View. The soil is red volcanic, tending to grey loam and the vines are dry grown.
Gundog Estate, Vernon Vineyard, Semillon, Hunter Valley, 2014
Noticeably richer on the nose than its siblings, the aromas start with hints of lemon curd and work their way through the fruitier ends of the spectrum with a touch of quince. Hints of just fired blackpowder bring a smoky edge. The complexity and richness is also evidenced on the palate with a weightier fruit profile and riper flavours at the front, before slipping into greener pastures and tart acidity. It angles slightly askew (minutely) towards the back as if the wine isn’t sure if it wants to be a thing of power or a thing of elegance. A counterpoint to the Somerset and Sunshine vineyard releases.
Wine sample courtesy of Gundog Estate