2014 Caroliene Semillon
2014 Caroliene Semillon
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The “Caroliene” range of wines recognises the first of a number of remarkable women in the Steinborner Family. Caroliene (nee Prüfer) accompanied Wilhelm Steinborner to Gomersal, from Milostowo, Posen, in September 1865.

The fruit was harvested on cool February evening, then crushed and in tank within 1 hour of picking. The Caroliene Semillon is one of the few Australian white wine styles that can age gracefully over an extended period, gaining further depth and complexity. Best enjoyed chilled, but not overly so.

Semillon is often matured in oak to deliver body and depth, however this is neither necessary or desired given the quality of the vine Vale fruit. Our goal is to produce an unoaked style of Semillon that preserves the classic varietal characteristics of citrus and tropical aromas, which then carry through the palate to a crisp finish.

Colour:
Pale Straw
Aroma: Citrus, lime, mineral lemon, passion fruit, honeydew melon, nashi pear and gooseberry
Taste: Passion fruit, lime, mineral lemon, honeydew melon
Food: This wine is perfectly suited to the Australian alfresco lifestyle and is an excellent food wine. When young, this wine is the ideal compliment to seafood and Asian dishes. When it shows some age, it will be a wonderful accompaniment to cheese.
Cellaring: Can be enjoy now, but careful cellaring is also rewarded.

Reviews and Awards

James Halliday Wine Companion 2011, 4 glass (of a maximum 5)

“Successfully follows the Peter Lehmann path of earlier picking, exclusion of Oak and early bottling, bright and fresh, citrus notes click in on the finish. 89 points

*Received value for money mention*

James Halliday Wine Companion 2009 4 .5 glass rating ( of a maximum of 5)

Barossa Living Summer (January) 2008

“A young Semillon with a light almost transparent colour. Enticing citrus aromatics followed by a strong, well balanced palate with a nice acid length. A very approachable and easy drinking style.

Gold Medal 2006 Rutherglen Wine Show

Bronze Medal 2005 Boutique Wine Awards

Jeremy Oliver onwine 16th April 2005. “My Most Surprising Semillon Ever”

“It's not often that I would get excited over a Barossa Semillon, but here is one that has just raised the bar by several feet. Furthermore, it's inexpensive. Don't say you weren't tipped off….

For me, at least, Barossa Semillon has just become a whole lot better. Yesterday I tasted a wine that has entirely changed my view of what this rather under-rated combination of variety and region can deliver. The wine, which I confess to not knowing previously, is a must-try for anyone seriously interested in Semillon or for that matter anyone who really enjoys Australian Riesling. Wondering about that remark? Read on. I was sent a bottle of the Steinborner Home Block Semillon 2004 by Tanunda Cellars, an independent Barossa-based wine store with a strong and enthusiastic focus on a large number of small-scale Barossa producers, many of which I again confess to knowing little about. This wine has a bright pale straw colour. Its unoaked, and its punchy, minerally aromas of honeydew melon and peaches happily deliver a measure of reductive complexity. Smooth and creamy, long and even luscious in the middle of the palate, it’s marvellously long, fine and mineral, culminating in a (riesling-like) finish of limey acids. Superbly defined, it’s easily the best Barossa Semillon I have ever tasted. From a point of view of palate and profile, it has more in common with Riesling than the rather blousy expression of Semillon often seen from the Barossa. I rate it 18.8 or 95, drink 2006-2009. Or drink it right now. Semillon is a variety that needs to be genuinely excellent to really stand up, but this one easily does. And its price? An absolute bargain at $20 per bottle” 95 pts.

Philip White The Advertiser – October 13th 2004

“Barossa semi was often made a bit broad, burnished and buttery, with too much alcohol and over oaked with American wood. This is the scrumptious, moorish opposite: fragrant, delicate and gentle,

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