Released with bottle age this is a wine which will still continue to evolve over many years the toasty lemony flavours becoming richer and more intense. A classic benchmark Hunter Semillon, it has earned its place in the Langtons Classification of Australian Wine.
Still pale quartz-green when five years old; festooned with gold medals and a trophy (from Rutherglen), the wine is undoubtedly superb, coming as it does from a good vintage and a very great vineyard. The interesting part is the CO2 prickle, deliberately introduced into the wine at bottling with a minimum five years' cellaring in mind. What is does is absolutely underwrite the longer term future of an already beautiful lemon and mineral-accented wine.
Vintage: 2007 Score: 96 points
Already sporting a fine degree of complexity, the 07 Lovedale offers a mix of lime, subtle floral and aniseed top notes along with some bottle aged honey and toasted nuts. It's juicy and flavoursome, well rounded, with a core of gentle, yet controlling, acidity and a compellingly long and tasty finish - flavours of lime marmalade on toast are offset by a flinty cut of drying acidity. Clear and composed and already moving into 'The Zone' where Hunter Semillon becomes something other than just another low alcohol dry white. Enjoy over the next decade, though no kittens will die should you choose to drink it young - it's terrific right now.
Vintage: 2007 Score: 95 points
Smoke 'em, smoke 'em if you got 'em. Vanilla, lemon/lime, hay and hessian. It's sherbetty, full and flavoursome with good acidity, although a rounder style of Hunter semillon. Has length and light phenolics contributing additional weight and texture. On day one it looked terrific, and while rumours of its death may have been exaggerated, it didn't look terribly well the next. Enjoy it now for its size and glory.
Vintage: 2005 Score: 93 points
The palate is well concentrated and crunchy with lemon, lime, herb garden flavours and mineral acidity. Finishes long and sweet. Great cellaring potential.
Vintage: 2005 Score: 93 points
Andrew Caillard MW
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