2021 Briar Ridge Dairy Hill Single Vineyard Semillon
Briar Ridge’s Dairy Hill vineyard consistently produces their best Semillon every year. A brilliant water like core is surrounded by a greenish tinged outskirts. Pronounced lime and green apple scents mix with wet slate, fresh herb and flinty mineral notes. Intense lime and green apple fruits dance across the lively palate with notions of wet slate, herbs and smoky minerals lying underneath. Outstanding power finishing dry with crisp acidity and a long crunchy aftertaste that has a snappy feel to it.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
From the southeast-facing Dairy Hill site. Thinned, green harvested, hand picked and rigorously sorted, the result 37% down on usual volumes. Wild-yeast fermented warmer than the regional standard, all radical in these parts. Left on lees for 4 months post-ferment. I adore the sentiment behind this, but the textural build has been pushed radically. Watch the neighbours! But, I love this. A sign of the future rather than the past. A bright one! Scents of tatami, porcini, lanolin, citrus peel, glazed quince and gin and tonic. White pepper, again. Delicious. Rich for the idiom. Palate-staining finish. Thoroughly impressive. Drink by 2033.
Ned Goodwin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion