Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2011


Another stunning semillon, a decade old but as fresh as one could imagine. The choice for ILR from this superb vintage comes from a mix of the Sunshine and Trevena Vineyards. 2011 may have been ordinary at best throughout most of Australia, but the Hunter had a cracker. Toast and lemon butter notes emerge. It would seem that this wine is developing a fraction quicker than the 2014 ILR but both will drink brilliantly for many years, so it hardly matters. Still offering bright acidity and fine balance. Is that lemons or lemongrass? And a smidge of honey. There is a little more weight evident here, and more roundness. Terrific length. Expect this to drink sensationally for at least another decade.

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