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First Creek 'Hunter Valley' Semillon 2018

Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $30.00
Restrained citrus meets lemon curt and a jolt of the most wonderful electricity. Texture is more generous than you’ll generally see in young Semillon, making this an absolute winner right now. Don’t be shy though, if you like your Semillon with age this will improve for at least 10, maybe 20 years. James Halliday rates First Creek Wines as a 5 red star producer, his highest accolade and offers the following… ‘The quality of the wines has been consistently exemplary, and there is every reason to believe this will continue in the years to come.
First Creek 'Hunter Valley' Semillon
Wine Specs
Region
Hunter Valley, NSW
Vintage
2018
Winery
First Creek
Winemaker
Liz Silkman
Bling
94pts Kim Brebach, 93pts James Halliday
Alcohol %
12.5
Size
750 mL
James Halliday rates First Creek Wines as a 5 red star producer, his highest accolade and offers the following… ‘The quality of the wines has been consistently exemplary, and there is every reason to believe this will continue in the years to come.’ In a roundabout way First Creek began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on the acquire Allanmere wines before buying up quality land and vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate as evidenced by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She had also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW.
Hunter Valley, NSW

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vin ...
Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vines planted as early as 1789. The authorities at the time encouraged wine production, thinking that folks overindulging wine was preferable to filling up on strong spirits. Responsible Drinking back in the 1700's! History It was James Busby, after snapping up a chunk of the valley between Branxton and Singleton, who ushered in the region's (and in large part Australia's) presence on the world stage as a notable producer of acclaimed wines. Busby travelled throughout Europe and South Africa in 1831 collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, including Syrah from ... Read Full Article
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Semillon

Variety

Semillon

Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, most not ...
Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, most notably in France and here in Australia. The history of the Sémillon grape is hard to determine. It is known that it first arrived in Australia in the early 19th century and by the 1820s the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa's vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning "wine grape". In Australia Sémillon is widely grown in Australia, particularly in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney, where for a long time it was known as "Hunter River Riesling". Four styles of Sémillon-based wines made there: a commercial style, often blende ... Read Full Article
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First Creek Wines

Winery

First Creek Wines

First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops ...
First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW. In a roundabout way they began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on to acquire Allanmere Wines before buying up even more high quality vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate which is evident by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans tutorial, which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She has also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. We can very happily vouch for their quality, as does James Halliday. Halliday rates Fir ... Read Full Article
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This week I am sipping on a Semillon from First Creek in the Hunter Valley.  Semillon is a thing of beauty really.  Drunk young it's fresh with juicy acidity, apple, pear, and loads of bright citrus notes.  Kept in the cellar and it will reward you in 5, 10, and 20 years.  As it develops it gets (I think) a little grassy, the acidity is less prominent and notes of honey start to form.  Pick this up from winedirect.com.au at a bargain of $22 a bottle and the only thing you will complain about is having not bought 6-12 bottles! 

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First Creek Wines
First Creek Wines

First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW. In a roundabout way they began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on to acquire Allanmere Wines before buying up even more high quality vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate which is evident by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans tutorial, which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She has also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. First We can very happily vouch for their quality, as does James Halliday. Halliday rates First Creek Wines as a 5-red star producer, and offers the following… ‘The quality of the wines has been consistently exemplary, and there is every reason to believe this will continue in the years to come.’

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Hunter Valley, NSW
Hunter Valley, NSW

Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vines planted as early as 1789. The authorities at the time encouraged wine production, thinking that folks overindulging wine was preferable to filling up on strong spirits. Responsible Drinking back in the 1700's!

History

It was James Busby, after snapping up a chunk of the valley between Branxton and Singleton, who ushered in the region's (and in large part Australia's) presence on the world stage as a notable producer of acclaimed wines. Busby travelled throughout Europe and South Africa in 1831 collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, including Syrah from Hermitage in the Rhône. Many of these were planted in the Hunter, and notables like George Wyndham (Wyndham Estate) used cuttings from Busby's Kirkton vineyards. By 1876 there were approximately 1800 vines in the Hunter, and vineyards were growing north and south along the valley.

And all the hard work was

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Semillon
Semillon

Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, most notably in France and here in Australia. The history of the Sémillon grape is hard to determine. It is known that it first arrived in Australia in the early 19th century and by the 1820s the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa's vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning "wine grape".

In Australia

Sémillon is widely grown in Australia, particularly in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney, where for a long time it was known as "Hunter River Riesling". Four styles of Sémillon-based wines made there: a commercial style, often blended with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc; a sweet style, after that of Sauternes; a complex, minerally, early picked style which has great longevity; and an equally high quality,dry style, which can be released soon after vintage, as a vat or bottle aged example. (Hunter Valley Semillon is never matured in oak.) The latter two

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