Beautiful, appealing nose of baked lemon with toast and petrol complexity, leads to a palate of, initially, crisp acidity then smoke and wax and honey, with toasted brioche and lemon skins, fantastic length and complexity, but still has ageing potential, a superb example.

Tempus Two, Zenith Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia 2007

Tempus Two’s roots are firmly planted in one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Hunter Valley, and the company is intrinsically linked to one of the most prestigious family names in the business; the McGuigans.

The man who currently has his hand on the tiller at Tempus Two, Andrew Duff, was seemingly predestined to make wine: ‘Having grown up in Maitland with parents that were lovers of Hunter Valley wines, winemaking was a natural choice for me and one that I embraced even as a child,’ he recalls. ‘No matter whether I wanted to be a fireman one week or a watchmaker the next, just like my father, the sentence would always end with “and own a vineyard when I grow up”.’

‘We look to combine style with substance,’ explains Duff. ‘Our aim is to create wines that are luxurious, artisan but also affordable. ‘This wine,’ he furthers, ‘is classic Hunter in style and reflects the essence of the region, particularly the Blackberry Vineyard (from where the fruit comes).’

Born from vines that are up to 35 years in age, the grapes are harvested during the night in order to secure the characteristics of the variety then, once fermented, the wine is aged for a minimum of three years in bottle before release. It is a superb example of Hunter Valley Semillon and a more than worthy trophy winner.