Thomas Wines OC Semillon 2012 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
11%, Screwcap, $22
The only Semillon in the 2012 Thomas Wines lineup that I don’t really get.
The challenge here is simply how un-Hunter Semillon it is – blind I’d just as quickly call it a Yarra Sauv than Hunter Sem, such is the dominance of the super aromatic, passionfruit and pyrazine characters of slightly green fruit. Call me a purist but I just don’t see that as a character that I want to see in Hunter Sem.
Regardless, once you ignore the slightly sweaty nose the juice underneath is ripe, vital and generous, if even quite fruit-sweet (though the sweetness is a perception thing I’d vouch as this is likely technically bone dry).
Affable and unquestionably distinctive, I can’t technically write this off as it is clearly a wine of some length and substance. I just much prefer the quite classic Braemore tasted alongside it and this looked rather odd in comparison
Score 16.7/20 89/100
Would I buy it? No.