FIELD OF MARS - Single Vineyard Range
Field of Mars Semillon Block 2a 2017
Variety: 100% Semillon
Region: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
Vineyard: Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Vineyard
Vine age: Vines planted in 1968
This tiny 0.25 hectare Block 2a vineyard planted in 1968, is a real treasure - year-on-year these 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: Summer weather was stable, hot and dry, with good soil moisture in the deep sands of this old silty riverbed. The tiny old-vine block was hand harvested slightly later than usual on 24th January.
Aromas are tightly wound and intense: Meyer-lemon and golden-apple, hints of fine green-herb, citrus-curd with zesty freshness.
The palate flavours are concentrated with tightly-coiled juiciness: green and yellow citrus flavours with classic zest intensity and bright energy, line and length lifted by delicious juicy acidity. A slightly chalky, minerally lip-smacking mix giving perfect youthful balance with potential for long term cellaring.
Drink: Now - 2036+
Limited Release - only 162 dozen made.
James Halliday 96 points, Huon Hooke 96 points
162 dozen made