An elegantly ripe wine with white fruits and personality.
The cool 2011 season has done wonderful things for Mount Horrocks Semillon, making for an impressively chiseled style. Semillon doesn’t always respond well to full barrel fermentation, but here the buttered toast and roast nut characters imparted serve to balance the taut, primary zesty lemon drive of this high-tensile season, pulling into a honed finish of chalky mineral structure and considerable persistence.
With its rush of citrus (terrific lemony drive) and subtly smoky oak, it was pitch perfect... I reckon Mount Horrocks produces its most finely honed example, especially in this cool year. It carried not an ounce of fat and has a sublime quality to its freshly squeezed lemon core – perhaps it’s that it’s less fruity and more fruit scented. At any rate, very fine, with its customary deftly judged veneer of pungent, flinty, smoky oak. Terrific.