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2012 The Islander Estate Wally White Semillon

Wine Details

Winery
The Islander Estate
Vintage
2012
Grape Variety
Semillon
Region
Kangaroo Island
Alcohol (%)
14
Purchase Price ($)
35
Wine Rating
92
Closure
Screwcap
Source
Sample

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2012 The Islander Estate Wally White Semillon
(Updated: November 23, 2014)
Wine Rating 
 
92

This wine is produced from Estate fruit, fermented in barrel and sees extended time in French oak and time on lees, in addition the wine is 14% alcohol whereas typical Australian examples of the variety weigh in closer to 11%. As expected this is a completely different expression of the variety, however on the nose there is still the lanolin and bees wax one would expect that is joined by richer vanillin oak and rockmelon characters.

The wine has the weight and structure you would expect from it’s time in oak and moderate alcohol, being more Chardonnay like in structure. It’s hard to describe the fruit spectrum on display with stone fruit and citrus hard to discern, but there is certainly an enjoyable honeyed character. There is textural grip that informs the finish with a firmness and astringency that is a formidable counterpoint to the elegant oak. This wine will reward time.

When to Drink

Optimal Drinking
2014 - 2022
Date Reviewed
11 22, 2014