Chalkers Crossing Hilltops Semillon 2015
Semillon, one of the most widely planted white varieties in Australia, reaches its greatest heights as a table wine in the delicate, long-lived, unoaked wines of the Hunter Valley, hundreds of kilometres north of the Hilltops region. Winemaker Celine Rousseau took a different path than her Hunter peers and fermented and matured her semillon in French oak barrels. The result is a light-bodied dry white, with lemongrass-like varietal flavour, overlaid with a toasty character derived from both oak and bottle age. It’s an interesting wine for the adventurous palate.