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First Creek 'Winemaker’s Reserve' Semillon 2019

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So much goodness here… fresh, zesty fruit and acidity mingling perfectly in a way that could be equally described as electric and ethereal. Lemons, lemon pith, spice, sherbet and lemongrass. Complex and while wonderful already, will live for eons. James Halliday rates First Creek Wines as a 5 red star producer, his highest accolade and offers the following… ‘The quality of the wines has been consistently exemplary, and there is every reason to believe this will continue in the years to come.’
First Creek 'Winemaker’s Reserve' Semillon 2019
Wine Specs
Variety
Semillon
Region
Hunter Valley, NSW
Vintage
2019
Winery
First Creek
Winemaker
Liz Silkman
Body
Full
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now - 2045
Bling
Gold Medal, 96pts Kim Brebach, Trophy for Best Semillion at Brisbane Wine Show
Alcohol %
12.5
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
In a roundabout way First Creek began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on the acquire Allanmere wines before buying up quality land and vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate as evidenced by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She had also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW.
Hunter Valley, NSW

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vin ...
Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vines planted as early as 1789. The authorities at the time encouraged wine production, thinking that folks overindulging wine was preferable to filling up on strong spirits. Responsible Drinking back in the 1700's! History of Hunter Valley It was James Busby, after snapping up a chunk of the valley between Branxton and Singleton, who ushered in the region's (and in large part Australia's) presence on the world stage as a notable producer of acclaimed wines. Busby travelled throughout Europe and South Africa in 1831 collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, incl ... Read Full Article
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Semillon

Variety

Semillon

Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, most not ...
Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, most notably in France and here in Australia. The history of the Sémillon grape is hard to determine. It is known that it first arrived in Australia in the early 19th century and by the 1820s the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa's vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning "wine grape". In Australia Sémillon is widely grown in Australia, particularly in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney, where for a long time it was known as "Hunter River Riesling". Four styles of Sémillon-based wines made there: a commercial style, often blende ... Read Full Article
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First Creek Wines

Winery

First Creek Wines

First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops ...
First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW. In a roundabout way they began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on to acquire Allanmere Wines before buying up even more high quality vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate which is evident by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans tutorial, which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She has also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. We can very happily vouch for their quality, as does James Halliday. Halliday rates Fir ... Read Full Article
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First Creek Wines
First Creek Wines

First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW. In a roundabout way they began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on to acquire Allanmere Wines before buying up even more high quality vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate which is evident by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans tutorial, which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She has also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. First We can very happily vouch for their quality, as does James Halliday. Halliday rates First Creek Wines as a 5-red star producer, and offers the following… ‘The quality of the wines has been consistently exemplary, and there is every reason to believe this will continue in the years to come.’

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Hunter Valley, NSW
Hunter Valley, NSW

Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vines planted as early as 1789. The authorities at the time encouraged wine production, thinking that folks overindulging wine was preferable to filling up on strong spirits. Responsible Drinking back in the 1700's!

History of Hunter Valley

It was James Busby, after snapping up a chunk of the valley between Branxton and Singleton, who ushered in the region's (and in large part Australia's) presence on the world stage as a notable producer of acclaimed wines. Busby travelled throughout Europe and South Africa in 1831 collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, including Syrah from Hermitage in the Rhône. Many of these were planted in the Hunter, and notables like George Wyndham (Wyndham Estate) used cuttings from Busby's Kirkton vineyards. By 1876 there were approximately 1800 vines in the Hunter, and vineyards were growing north and south along the valley.

And all the hard work was paying off with acclaim on the world stage. Reds, Muscat and Sparkling were well received at the Paris Exhibition in 1855, and a Hunter Valley sparkling is on record as winning the honour of being served to Napoleon III at the close of the show. On ya!

As an old region, all the Aussie regulars are grown there, but the heat and humidity in the area have a tremendous influence of flavour. shiraz tends to be earthy and fruity, and ages very well in the cellar. The real standouts are Chardonnay and Semillon. Hunter Chardys are rich and peachy; Semillons bafflingly oaky when aged despite never touching wood. Today as many as 132 wineries operate in the region.

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Semillon
Semillon

Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, most notably in France and here in Australia. The history of the Sémillon grape is hard to determine. It is known that it first arrived in Australia in the early 19th century and by the 1820s the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa's vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning "wine grape".

In Australia

Sémillon is widely grown in Australia, particularly in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney, where for a long time it was known as "Hunter River Riesling". Four styles of Sémillon-based wines made there: a commercial style, often blended with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc; a sweet style, after that of Sauternes; a complex, minerally, early picked style which has great longevity; and an equally high quality,dry style, which can be released soon after vintage, as a vat or bottle aged example. (Hunter Valley Semillon is never matured in oak.) The latter two styles were pioneered by Lindemans, Tulloch, McWilliam's Elizabeth, Drayton's and Tyrrell's, and are considered unique to Australia.

Characteristics

Most examples of these bottle-aged Hunter Semillons exhibit a buttercup-yellow colour, burnt toast or honey characteristics on the nose and excellent complex flavours on the palate, with a long finish and soft acid. Young Hunter Valley semillon is almost always a dry wine, usually exhibiting citrus flavours of Lemon, Lime or Green Apple. Cooler year Hunter Semillons seem to be the most highly sought after, with some of the 1974 and 1977 vintages still drinking well. The newer, fruit accentuated styles are championed by the likes of Iain Riggs at Brokenwood and The Rothbury Estate. Sémillon is also finding favour with Australian producers outside of the Hunter Valley in the Barossa Valley and Margaret River regions. The Adelaide Hills is becoming a flourishing region for Semillon with the cooler climate producing some

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