Hunter Valley Semillon: panel tasting results
Poole’s Rock 2011
Decanter average score: 19/20pts (96/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Sarah Ahmed 19 Andrew Jefford 19 Matt Wilkin MS 19
Canadian-born chief winemaker Jeff Byrne and Usher Tinkler, a winemaker with deep roots in the Hunter Valley, have done a stellar job with this wine. Their experience, combined with exceptional sites and selection of fruit, have enhanced the reputation of this large, family-owned company, which was founded in 1988 by David Clarke. Clarke died in 2011 and, at his instigation, Poole’s Rock was bought by his neighbours at Audrey Wilkinson soon after.
Sarah Ahmed Gorgeous, fresh lemon aromas with a nip of horseradish. The peach- and pink grapefruit-driven palate brings a lovely ripeness, and with a touch of icing sugar-dusted green apples there comes a little sweet zing.
Andrew Jefford So refined, so elegant. Notes of celery, orris root, fresh beech leaf and the soft, felty interior of a broad-bean pod. Graceful and lovely. The lime characteristics are particularly well rounded and terrifically expressed. Arresting, commanding and complete.
Matt Wilkin MS A toasty nose showing off ripe lemon curd with a sandy, nautical minerality. The palate is rich and ripe with great citrus fruit and notes of blood orange and light nectarine. The finish gives a lean yet beautifully savoury minerality with the stone fruit lingering on.
Price: POA Berry Bros & Rudd