The 2013 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2020 edition expert review of Hunter Valley Semillon (see blue link below).
Mt Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon Cellar Aged 2013 - June 2020 Decanter review
Mt Pleasant specialises in single-vineyard wines. Along with the Old Paddock it has Old Hill, Rosehill, Lovedale and Estate vineyards, all with distinctive terroirs to be able to achieve this. Mt Pleasant has quietly carved out a reputation as one of Australia's pre-eminent exponents of Shiraz, Semillon and more recently, Chardonnay. Old vineyards, great single vineyard wines, talented winemakers.
Inspired by the first visit of a reigning monarch to Australia in 1954, this wine is the embodiment of the synergy achieved by combining the noble grape varietal Semillon and the Hunter Valley. Renowned for its unique ability to be enjoyed when fresh and admired when allowed to age gracefully. Mount Pleasant celebrates both styles through 'Elizabeth'.
The growing season started well but lack of rainfall in late Spring meant that irrigation was necessary and the crop was smaller than first thought. A rain event in December helped but overall January was quite dry with extended heat spells and crop tonnage suffered immensely. The Semillon was picked before the next rain event; the fruit was in very sound condition with a good concentration of aromatics and flavor, with a nice acid line.
Once at the winery the Semillon was destemmed and pressed off skins to stainless steel tank. Here the juice was cold settled bright before being racked off, warmed and inoculated for ferment. The juice was fermented with specific neutral yeast strain chosen to promote the vineyard specific flavours, and fermentation was conducted at cold temperatures to retain the delicate flavours. Following fermention the wines were settled, blended and gently fined before being filtered to bottle.
Pale straw colour. The nose opens with fragrant floral notes of citrus blossom, followed by zesty ripe lime and mandarin aromas. The palate starts with elegant sweet lemon citrus notes followed by mouth-watering acidity. The palate is fine and displays an elegant balance of fruit and zesty acid. The flavours linger in the mouth creating a pleasing finish which is crisp and refreshing.
Can be drunk in its youth, but Hunter Valley Semillon is (almost) all about age and complexity, so: ideally cellared for up to 20 years from vintage (ie until almost 2035).