Gundog Estate Off-Dry Semillon 2023


Fascinating to see a wine at only 7.5% alcohol, which I think is even a little lower than last year’s thoroughly enjoyable offering. The style provides a pleasing mix of low alcohol and slight sweetness (the wine usually includes some pressings and filter solids of both the Chase Semillon and the Hunter Semillon, which adds a touch of complexity). The colour is near transparent. The nose is fragrant with citrus, florals and even a touch of lemonade aromas with gentle spices. Excellent balance between sweetness and acidity, not always easy to achieve with this style, and a lovely clean finish. There is certainly a touch of sweetness on the finish, which helps to fill out the wine. No reason that this won’t sail through six to eight years, but quite delicious now.