Today I got a bit of a surprise to discover that one of the Hunter’s classic Semillons seems to have had a flight of fancy & produced an unexpected offspring. While I am not a fan of the addition of 8% Sauvignon Blanc to Mt Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon fruit in the attempt to appeal to Sauvignon Blanc drinkers, I can certainly understand the reason behind it. Hunter Semillon is not a wine for everyone. But, in saying that – the 2005 Elizabeth Semillon (the original, that is) is still a wine that will please most Semillon lovers & this vintage has won Best Australian White Wine in the International Wine Challenge in London recently.
The 2005 has the toasty lemon with smoky honey that makes it a good aged Semillon prospect at a value price point. The flavours hang around in the mouth & end on a honeyed note. Good drinking now but could keep for a little longer too.
Just look out for the “Cellar Aged” on the label now when choosing your Elizabeth – the labels are very similar.
Date: 1st July 2011 Price: $25 Value: $$$ Drink: Now – 5 yrs