Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2011 ~ Hunter Valley, Australia
This is great……and here’s why!97/100 James Hallliday
96/100 Huon Hooke
95/100 James Suckling
95/100 The Wine Front
95/100 Decanter World Wine Awards
94/100 Wine Enthusiast
James Halliday 5 Star Rated Winery
Best of the Best Semillon - James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
Platinum Trophy - Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 Gold Medal
Best Australian White Single-Varietal - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2017
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James Halliday - "Already tasted several times on its path towards maturity. Initially Meyer lemon and lemongrass rode on a chariot of acidity that wept all before it. Now, as notes of honey and toast emerge, the pace of development is slowing, allowing time for all the flavours and textural complexity to take centre stage."
Wine Enthusiast - "From acclaimed Aussie winemaker Ian Riggs in one of Australia's most historic wine regions, this seven-year-old wine is a lovely example of the age worthy Semillon. Rich, waxy lemon and honey notes give way to a herbal and flinty streak. The palate is seriously focused and tightly wound around a line of zesty, crunchy acidity and a waxy texture."
Huon Hooke - "Medium to light straw-yellow colour with a rich, toasty, resiny, lemon and grapefruit pith bouquet, superb; the palate fine and taut, delicate and soft, with no austerity. A lovely, effortless wine."
The Winemaker - "At 6 years of age on release, the colour is just starting to show some development with yellow tints complimenting the green edges. Lifted almond bread and the floral notes heading to bees wax and toast. Lively lime juice, Bickford cordial characters and backed by a superb zesty acidity. The magic of Hunter Valley Semillon on display with texture, fruit weight and great length from a wine that sees no oak. The ILR Reserve Semillon is released from the best years and this is a beauty."
James Suckling - "Lovely development showing here with notes of straw, creme brulee, nougat, dried pineapple, some petrol and candied citrus. Full-bodied with loads of tropical fruit on the palate, but it’s well-integrated across a bed of mouthwatering acidity. A long finish."
The Wine Front - "Scintillating wine here. The questionable 2011 vintage did no harm in Hunter, or so the story goes. Pretty perfume with verity of gently maturing semillon in lemon, a hint of brown lime, faint suggestion of honeycomb on toast, touch of pretty sea spray character and sniff of talc-like mineral charm. Juicy in the palate yet still squeaky and firm in its acidity. Quietly powerful wine showing inward intensity yet delicacy with limey tang, wildly mineraly feel, bristling with intent. Needle-like thrust of wine yet still approachable (and so fresh), despite the sense of toastiness that abounds. Fantastic release"
The ILR Reserve Semillon is named after Chief Winemaker and Managing Director Iain Leslie Riggs, who joined the winery in 1982. Iain has taken Brokenwood from a small ‘hobby’ winery into the national and international arena, and was the driving force in Brokenwood extending the range to white wines.The ILR Reserve Semillon is an aged white wine that receives no oak.
After tasting the wine over the first three years the decision was made to release at 5 years bottle age, in other words to have some bottle development but capable of aging further. In terms of winemaking it was a case of low (and now, zero) skin contact and neutral yeast.
Established in 1970 Brokenwood Wines is one of Australia's most reputable premium wine labels and a must-visit in the Hunter Valley. It was established by Australia's leading wine critic, James Halliday. Consistently listed as a 5 star winery, Brokenwood is home to the famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the highly acclaimed ILR Reserve Semillon, and the popular Cricket Pitch Range.
The Hunter Valley is the best-known and most highly prized wine region in New South Wales. It is known as the region where the Australian wine industry started. The valley's winemakers have pioneered two distinctive styles of wine (oaked Chardonnay and dry Semillon) and has retained a strong connection with both of them. The Hunter Valley's most famous wine style is its distinctive dry Semillon, made there since the 1870s. Hunter Valley Semillons are renowned for their ability to improve with age.
Sémillon is one of the wine world's unsung heroes. The gold-skinned grape produces France's most famous and revered sweet wines, notably Sauternes, and some of the greatest dry white wines of Australia - particulary those in the Hunter Valley.