The Vinden Headcase Semillon 2016
Drinking young Hunter Semillon is often unfun. It really is. You can appreciate the classic lines – ie lots of acidity – but otherwise it is like staring into a crystal ball and predicting greatness.
I’m doing that here.
The Vinden Headcase is the label of Angus Vinden and Dan Binet, who between them have taken over the winemaking at Angus’ parent’s Vinden Estate property in the Hunter (Dan is also the Director/Winemaker at Ballabourneen).
With this wine the pair are delving into classic Semillon territory, handpicking fruit from the revered Somerset Vineyard on Oakey Creek Road.
This embyronic Sem is built for the long haul too. The style is all condensed around structure, so that ‘crystal ball view’ requires a knowledge of where a wine like this will end up – and it’s a good place.
The nose is all green apples and lime, with a little blossom, the intensely, acid-shaped palate has just the barest suggestion of sweetness, but it’s fleeting. After that the finish is so long, and backed by an unwavering intensity that suggests a real superstar in the making. The acidity is almost too much for now though, which makes drinking it now something of a waste. You’ll need real patience. Damn it’s going to be good in five years though.
Best drinking: 2021-2035. 18/20, 93/100+. 10%, $30. Would I buy it? Not much to lose here. I’d buy some for the cellar for sure.