Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: *** $ Peter Lehmann Semillon, Barossa, Australia, 2004 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Semillon is often used as a white blending grape, and often again used in dessert white wines.  Here we have an Australian offering that is neither - it is a stand-alone varietal used as a dry white wine, and aged for a number of years. 

Original tasting and review : This is Peter Lehmann Semillon, Barossa, Australia, 2004, finished at a shy 11.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Lehmann Semillon is pale yellow with distinctive green tints. 

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows vibrant stainless steel and mineral characters of tropical fruit, mostly dry pineapple.  From the aroma, seems like this will be round, full and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet, full, stainless steel on the mid-palate, showing sugar but less fruit than I anticipated.  Hints of apple, pear and lemon swirl in a mineral base.  The finish shows more steel than fruit, closing with an acid upbeat.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value at its bargain price.

Following long decant, full week in partially filled bottle under vacuum kept in cool basement:  More oily pineapple on the nose.  Less steeliness and more fruit on the palate now, but gives the impression of being a bit tired.  Seemed stronger on its immediate opening.  

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