The Islander Estate Vineyards ~ Wally White 2014

The Islander Estate Vineyards ~ Wally White 2014
£28.50 / bottle£324.90 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Australia
Grapes: Semillon
Region: Kangaroo Island
Style: Rich Creamy Whites
Wine Types: White Wines
Drink: now to 2023
Oaked
Screwcap
ABV: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

The story

I don't automatically take the next vintage of the wines on my list; I make sure that the new vintage is as good as or better than the last. This wine never fails to delight.
I love the name of this wine from Kangaroo Island off Southern Australia and as the producers themselves say this is "a wine which is anything but a Wally - sophisticated, elegant and delicious". Of great provenance - the producer is Jacques Lurton, flying winemaker and owner of several other wine interests in his native France.

The wine

I'm in the process of writing the full tasting note for the 2014 but here's what I wrote about the 2013 vintage which is still available: Light gold in colour, this wine has the richness of a really good white Burgundy. It is made from Semillon which, like Chardonnay, has an affinity to oak and is very nutty and savoury on the nose with hints of lemon and apples. The dominant flavour is lemon and there is some spice and toast from the oak ageing. The wine has a lovely creamy, buttery texture. The richness is balanced by a really tangy long finish. Delicious.



Food Pairing

Recommended to drink with fish, chicken, pork, creamy dishes, mildly spiced curries, Thai and Japanese dishes. And it drinks beautifully on its own

Producer's Notes

"Colour : Medium intensity. Brilliant yellow.
Nose : A complex and inviting nose showing aromas of lemon rind and white peach with hints of vanilla and a slight smokiness from the barrel fermentation.
Palate : Classic Semillon lemon notes, complemented by a creaminess on the mid-palate, underscored by a zesty, mineral finish. 
Finish : An elegant finish with a hint of spice from the oak and a cleansing lick from the natural acidity"

Awards

*****     Winery Rating     James Halliday

From Jacques Lurton's The Islander estate on Kangaroo Island, this beautiful Semillon has a lovely creamy, rich texture balanced by a really tangy long finish. Nutty and savoury on the nose with hints of lemon and apples, the dominant flavour is lemon and there is some spice and toast from the oak ageing. Delicious.

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