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2016 Field of Mars Semillon B2a

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Field of Mars Semillon Block 2a 2016

Variety:   100% Semillon

Region:    Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Vineyard: Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Vineyard

Vine age: Vines planted in 1968

Tasting Note 

The tiny 0.25 hectare Block 2a vineyard planted in 1968, is a real treasure - year-on -year these 50 year old Semillon vines produce exceptional varietal expression. The deep alluvial sand is key to preserving the grape's elegance and intensity, also enabling the juice to hold a natural core freshness, low pH and bright acidity.

Vintage: Cooler ripening weather with showers of rain in January 2016 leading into harvest. The very fine and pure Semillon fruit retained grape acidity for longer than normal, generating a notable degree of elegance in structure and balance.

Colour: fresh straw green flecked with a lime hue.

Aroma: Pure, centring on a focal point of scented Meyer lemon with hints of green apple. Intensity grows, with Tahitian-lime and white pineapple adding heightened steps of attractive perfume and tropical zest, with sweeter lemon still maintaining the flavour nucleus. A beautiful bouquet with timeless freshness.

Palate: The palate is similarly bright with pure yellow-citrus, shifting between lemon / lemon-curd and sweet lime, with finer sweet and pithy hints of pomelo and grapefruit giving delicious length and zesty persistence.The acidity is amazing, beautifully soft and yet showing sublime mineral-like crunchy focus, eventually fading to hints of white fig and a soft dusting of chalk.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cellaring: Very enjoyable now 4 years of age, yet will easily age for another 15 years.  

139 dozen made
95 points James Halliday                  

Technical Data
Alcohol:   11%
pH           2.96
TA           8.3

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Region:       Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

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