Thomas Fordwich Hill Semillon is drinkable for the first sip. Showing lemon, sherbert, flint, tropical, waxy, guava, pineapple. Very beautiful, silky mouthfeel. Long finishing, This is a great young drinking Semillon as the acid isn’t super sharp. This is because this wine comes from the western fringe of the lower Hunter. In a sub-region called Broke Fordwich they get slightly lower annual rainfall and red volcanic soils help to soften out the acid in the wine. I have no doubt Thomas Fordwich Hill Sem will improve with time in the bottle. But if you wanted to drink a young Semillon from the Hunter, this would be the one to choose. Pair it with a fresh salad.
Andrew Thomas was born into a winemaking family in the McLaren Vale. He learnt his trade at Tyrrell’s in the Hunter and stayed there to start his own winery specialising in Shiraz and Semillon with a particular focus on Single Vineyard wines. The best Hunter wines are world-class and Australia’s gift to the world.
Although it is historically very important to Australia. If you were planting Australia today from scratch you’d never even visit the Hunter. Rain almost every harvest and excessive heat mean hard work. But the results in the bottle show each year. Shiraz and Semillon are particular highlights.
A somewhat shy variety that is most famous for balancing Sauvignon Blanc’s overt tendencies in table wines and sauternes styles. It found a home in the Hunter where the early picked wines can live for 50 years.