The Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon 2007 was one of the highlights of a Huon Hooke Masterclass at Balmain’s Manjit’s Indian, which featured nine of the winning wines from the 2014 Six Nations Wine Challenge. Remarkably fresh and vibrant for a wine that is released after five years of cellaring, the Margaret hails from 80 year old Barossa vines.
Typically, the Hunter Valley claims the crown for the country’s best semillon, but the Margaret demonstrates how the Barossa is also capable of creating brilliant, age-worthy semillon. This dry, un-oaked wine from early picked grapes has all the classic hallmarks of the variety at its best:
- an enticing bouquet of zesty citrus overlayed with wonderful toasty nuts;
- a complex and rich mouthfeel with just the right amount of crisp acidity to allow the wine to dance along the palate;
- delicate, carefully delineated flavours of lemon fruit, preserved lemon, lemon curd and toast.
Semillon rarely tops the popularity polls, but here are five reasons why you should feel tempted to put it on your summer drinking list:
1. Surprisingly low in alcohol
The alcohol reading of the Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon 2007 is only 11.5 percent. Hooke joked that it’s a wine you can almost drink to sober up! Certainly, a good choice if you want to imbibe and remain clear-headed over a hot summer lunch!
2. Great Value for the Money
The Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon 2007 is available from Veno for $32.50 a bottle.
3. A White You Can Age
Most of the reviews I read for the Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon 2007 suggest that it will continue to evolve and can be cellared for at least another five years.
4. Works Beautifully with Food
The Indian hors d’oevres served with the wines were surprisingly spicy, and the complex and flavourful Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon 2007 hit just the right note in bringing out the flavours in the food.
5. Welcome change from the usual suspects of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc
Say no more!