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An example of a master winemaker of Semillon at play with a great vineyard and a great vintage. The expectation was sky high, but easily cleared by this beautiful Semillon, with its gleaming rivulets of polished lemon and honeydew melon, its balance already wondrous, its length impeccable. Drink it tonight or 20 years hence. 97 Points
..... This is so delicious on release that it’s almost possible to forget its age-worthiness. It’s intensely, limey – almost kaffir lime – with zippy lemon and pebbly minerality. A hint of salinity and a suggestion of spice. Unwavering focus, a juicy core of flavour and excellent extension. Will offer much pleasure now and later. 96 Points


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From arguably the Hunter Valley’s best Semillon vineyard, this wine displays an amazing irridescant green hue. The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity. The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ensuring the wine can be enjoyed as a youngster, or cellared for 5 – 20+ years.



 Hand picked with "fishing headlamps" between 2am and 9am, enabling whole bunch pressing of cool fruit. Herb, grass, lime and lemon aromas and flavours whirl through the bouquet and superbly balanced palate alike, with lemon zest acidity cleansing and lengthening the finish and aftertaste. Drink to 2034


97 Points and included in the Top 100 Wines of 2014 - Thomas' flagship white is the Braemore semillon, a pristine and deeply flavoured white of exceptional length, drive and focus. Its piercing flavours of lime, melon and lemon are wrapped in a taut, brisk acidity, while it's usually underpinned by a powdery, mineral spine. Culminating in a briny, bath-salt like note, it is for me the definitive contemporary Hunter semillon, although it pays deep stylistic respect to those that preceded it. The Thomas 2014 Braemore semillon, which is dangerously close to selling out, is perhaps the finest under its label. From a vintage about which winemakers are still crowing - and would a Hunter winemaker ever do this? - it's simply a benchmark. What stands it apart from other vintages is its accentuated (and rare) floral quality and its musky, chalky perfume. Length, balance and acidity are perfect. The promise of longevity is made, but it's entirely up to the purchaser whether or not it's to be honoured. Frankly, given its remarkable drinkability as a young wine, I doubt hat much will last for too long. That's why I'm glad Thomas will re-release another 200-odd cases of the wine in six years or so. My advice? Buy as much as you can today. Drink 2034 - 2044 (or earlier - your call here!) 97 Points


Picked in the dead of the night. Single vineyard. Fermented with cool fruit. Top Hunter Valley producer. Cracking wine. Cracking value. Lilts through the mouth but lacks neither power nor aroma. End result is as seductive as a young semillon can be. So pure. Lemon juice and zest, subtle grass, wax, roses. Beautiful, elegant, scintillating length. Rolls and rolls through the finish, like the flavours are tumbling on their own momentum. A study in effortlessness, as the best quality things so often seem to be. Drink 2015 - 2028+ 95 Ponts




Freshly-squeezed limes, chamomile and jasmine dominate the aromas, and there's some real 'kapow' to the palate, with bright juicy limy flavours, a bit of talc to the texture, and a long, tight finish that drives right through to the back of the palate, and through your skull. Excellent stuff that should live. Tasted at the annual Winewise current vintage Hunter semillon tasting


OutstandingFrom an excellent vintage in the Hunter (though more a classic red than a classic white year), I've had this a few times now and it's a cracker. Curiously I didn't much like it as a tank sample tried a while back last year. Clearly took some time to find its feet (much like the Alluvius really, which makes sense) I actually opened this bottle as Andrew 'Thommo' Thomas shares a birthday with me (5th Feb) so seemed right. We rock. Anyway, this is a seriously powerful white wine from a great site. There's just a hint of lanolin on the green melon, green apple and lemon grass nose - the first hints of development. Underneath its still a baby though, the lemon fruit compact and the acid firm but yet not intrusive. It's the length that gets you though, the citrussy power going and going in a line of perfect flavour. It's going to live forever, basically, as indicated by the fact you can still taste it minutes later. I found myself unconsciously drinking this, which is all the indications I ever need of a great wine. It's probably going to get even better as a mature wine too. Yes. Tasted: Feb '15 Best drinking: 2015-2030+ Score: 18.5/20, 94/100+ Would I buy it? I probably should have already bought some to stick in the cellar.

94 Points


Braemore is Andrew Thomas's most garlanded wine and Andrew gives full credit to the grapes from master viticulturalist Ken Bray's vineyard on alluvial flats in Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. This youthful expression promises to cellar handsomely and right now it is green-tinted light gold and has passionfruit aromas. Crisp, pristine lime flavour comes through on the front of the palate and green apple, cumquat and flint character chime in on the middle palate. Slatey acid refreshes at the finish. Drink with Sydney rock oysters Aging 12 years5 out of 5 stars




Here we have a wine that is the epitome of classic Hunter semillon in its early days. It's super-fresh, restrained, and shows hints of grass and lime. The palate is pure and fresh. 5 Stars + Best 2014 semillon - 2015 Winewise Championship




An example of a master winemaker of Semillon at play with a great vineyard and a great vintage. The expectation was sky high, but easily cleared by this beautiful Semillon, with its gleaming rivulets of polished lemon and honeydew melon, its balance already wondrous, its length impeccable. Drink it tonight or 20 years hence. 97 Points




From one of the leading exponents of Hunter Semillon, the Blonde Maestro himself, Andrew Thomas. Fine, almost pretty style. Bell clear, fresh fruit, mixed citrus and a firm spine of acidity. Very subtle chalkiness, but clarity is the thing, and a little generosity. Terrific. 95+ Points




Regular readers will no doubt be aware that I’ve got a lot of time for Andrew Thomas’ Braemore Semillon. This is so delicious on release that it’s almost possible to forget its age-worthiness. It’s intensely, limey – almost kaffir lime – with zippy lemon and pebbly minerality. A hint of salinity and a suggestion of spice. Unwavering focus, a juicy core of flavour and excellent extension. Will offer much pleasure now and later. 96 Points




Winemaker Andrew Thomas reckons this is as good a semillon as he's ever produced. No doubt it's a cracker, with an intensity of flavour that is obvious from the first sip — lemon zest and lime that has wonderful concentration and length. It's made to go the long haul — it will be stunning in six or seven years — but if you like the zesty bite of young semillons, then this has it in spades. Superb.




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