While the perception of value is different for everyone, there are some times when the equation is unequivocal.
Enter this Andevine Hunter Valley Semillon 2017.
Andevine is the label of Andrew Leembruggen, the ex-McWilliams Mount Pleasant and Draytons winemaker now concentrating on his own label. From what I can gather this Hunter Valley Semillon is made for Naked Wines, and right now it is available for Naked’s ‘Angels’ at the sum of just $12.49/bottle.
$12.49? For classic Semillon like this? Mad value.
Mad value for a traditional Hunter Semillon with archetypal lines. There’s a vague flash of red apples in amongst the more classic green apple fruit, a nod to the riper vintage, yet no more than a flash. Indeed this is very firm and long, the almost saline acidity a dominant feature, driving the palate to ever more heights of intensity.
In some ways this is too tight to be glorious, but the conviction of that length all points to a classic Sem.
All this for $12.49? Yes from me. Best drinking: Late 2017-2027+. 17.7/20, 92/100+.
11.5%, $17.99 (cellar door). Would I buy it? Absolutely.