Tower Estate Semillon 2012 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
11%, Screwcap, $22
After a year of uncertainty in 2012, which saw wine production sent externally before being brought back in house, Tower Estate’s winemaking is now looking particularly assured, with Andrew Leembruggen and Usher Tinkler now on hand to make the wines. Good news.
What’s not in question is the style of this 2012 Semillon – it is built for the long haul. Almost painfully backward, with reserved, bath salt aromatics and an acid driven, grapefruit juice and Dispirin palate. It’s a little sour and grapefruity to be all that drinkable for now, but the grip and long acidity marks this as a promising wine for the future.
Score: 17/20 90/100
Would I buy it? Not now. In five years time it might be a different story.