The Islander Estate Vineyards ~ Wally White 2013

The Islander Estate Vineyards ~ Wally White 2013
£29.50 / bottle£336.30 / 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 2021
Oaked
Screwcap
ABV: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

The story

I just 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

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

94* points     James Halliday     Jan 2014
"French oak has a dramatic impact but the fruit is interesting and powerful in itself. It tastes of spearmint, malt and smoked spices, all from the oak but these characters are teamed with lemon and melon and gravel. It's atheatrical wine; it has stemware presence."

Note: the "*" above means "Wines considered to offer special value for money"


*****     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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