Briar Ridge, Dairy Hill Semillon 2022

Briar Ridge, Dairy Hill Semillon 2022


Country: Australia

Region: Hunter Valley

Grape: Semillon

Year: 2022

ABV: 11.8%

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Featured in Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines , while also receiving a score of 97/100 from the Halliday Wine Companion. Briar Ridge's Single Vineyard wines are produced in very limited quantities from their unique 'Dairy Hill' vineyard block, only when vintage conditions have yielded the highest standard of fruit quality. This vintage displays pure Semillon fruit aromas of Kaffir lime leaf and lemongrass, a crisp refreshing palate of citrus fruits and subtle savoury thyme with a mouthcoating texture. Handpicked and sorted fruit was whole bunch pressed to a stainless steel tank. Cold settled for 12 hours before racking to a large format neutral oak cask for fermentation. Fermented at 18 degrees Celsius for 12 days with ambient yeasts and left on full yeast lees for 4 months before being stabilised and lightly filtered. No finings. The Dairy Hill Semillon is grown on well-drained sandy loam soils located in the Mount View region of the Hunter Valley. The vineyard has drop irrigation installed on each vine row to ensure vine health and consistency of quality. The crop yields are relatively low, producing excellent concentration of fruit flavour. Excellent drinking whilst young, this wine will develop in bottle in the medium to long term with careful cellaring.