Winemaker Matt Burton pushes the boundaries here of preconception for a Hunter Valley Semillon. Wild fermentation and time on skins, with a hint of residual sugar.
Gundog Estate, Wild Semillon, Hunter Valley, 2018
Manages to maintain a purity of colour: almost clear with a light gold tinge. A richer nose than that of its siblings: lemongrass with light stone and pomme fruits. Savoury, yet sweet all at once: some rice wine/tea elements alongside traditional rich lemon and lemongrass spice. Good phenolic grip through the middle and back palate, while the acidity profile is quite bracing underneath it all: holds it needle straight and sharp.
Wine sample courtesy of Gundog Estate