Braemore Semillon is what Hunter is all about, pure lemons and honeysuckle with toasty, flint and white flowers. The acid is still quite pronounced but the mouthfeel is so silky it all melds into one enjoyable experience. Lovely, lovely wine. At 10 years old this is still on the young side but if you do open one you will give you a glimpse of what the future holds.
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 Blancs 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.