FIELD OF MARS - Single Vineyard Range
Field of Mars Semillon Block 2a 2015
Variety: 100% Semillon
Region: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
Vineyard: Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Vineyard
Vine age: Vines planted in 1968
The tiny 0.25 hectare Block 2a vineyard planted in 1968, is a special site with the deepest drifts of fine white river-sand, which inherently generates the purest expression of Semillon. This little “island of vines” – surrounded on three sides by meandering dry-stream-beds – consistently produces the finest elements of classic structure and balance, and that magical combination of delicacy and extreme length. The Vintage 2015 generated very special whites with exceptional finesse, combining a striking clarity of fruit energy with fine, delicate litheness.
Colour: Pale, crystal clear straw green.
Aroma: The white-sand of the Field of Mars Block 2a delivers Semillon fruit with extraordinary focus, centred on the hallmark aromatic intensity of lime juice and lemon zest, and here it is wonderfully supported by ripples of crunchy grapefruit and lime-shred marmalade.
Palate: On the palate, the yellow-citrus purity is sovereign, and it bestows sublime lustrous quality with effortless grace, pushing out to a long fine finish which persists with the precise tangy freshness. Delicious hints of mineral and chalk stay on the palate along with an exquisite lift of white fig and pineapple.
Cellaring potential: The 2015 Field of Mars Semillon is flawless, showing the pedigreed line with all of the traits for great cellaring beyond 15 years.
123 dozen made
94 points James Halliday