Thomas Wines Braemore Hunter Valley Semillon 2014
From an excellent vintage in the Hunter (though more a classic red than a classic white year), I’ve had this a few times now and it’s a cracker. Curiously I didn’t much like it as a tank sample tried a while back last year. Clearly took some time to find its feet (much like the Alluvius really, which makes sense)
I actually opened this bottle as Andrew ‘Thommo’ Thomas shares a birthday with me (5th Feb) so seemed right. We rock.
Anyway, this is a seriously powerful white wine from a great site. There’s just a hint of lanolin on the green melon, green apple and lemon grass nose – the first hints of development. Underneath its still a baby though, the lemon fruit compact and the acid firm but yet not intrusive. It’s the length that gets you though, the citrussy power going and going in a line of perfect flavour. It’s going to live forever, basically, as indicated by the fact you can still taste it minutes later.
I found myself unconsciously drinking this, which is all the indications I ever need of a great wine. It’s probably going to get even better as a mature wine too.
Details: 10.8%, Screwcap, $30
Tasted: Feb ’15. Sample
Best drinking: 2015-2030+
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100+
Would I buy it? I probably should have already bought some to stick in the cellar.
Buy online: MyCellars, Winestar, Thomas Wines website