Bought a case of this very good Lindeman’s Hunter Valley Semillon 2013 from Majestic on their WIGIG (When its gone its gone) promotion for the bargain price of £4.99 a bottle, which in my opinion, turned out to be a bit of a steal.
I was alerted to this offer by a member of our wine forum who thought it was a decent drop for the price.
Would I have given Lindeman’s a second look in the past ? probably not but from the first sniff and sip I was totally sold.
I have enjoyed many Hunter Valley Semillon’s before especially the wonderful McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 so this Lindeman’s had a lot to live up to.
In the glass it was a pale straw like colour with perhaps a slightly green hue, quite nice aroma of lemons, limes but with a pronounced whiff of petrol /oil even burnt rubber. I love this smell reminiscent of some Rieslings but it’s not for everyone and some people namely my wife found the petrol a step too far.
When taking my first sip this wine came to life with a hit of bracing mouth-watering fresh tasting acidity bursting with citrus fruits, namely lemons (think lemon curd) and limes again, which suggest that this Semillon will age for quite a while as in the excellent McWilliams mentioned above. The oily texture was prominent which became more noticeable as the wine warmed up in the glass and if anything tasted the better for it, so I suggest not over chilling. The finish was not overly long but pleasant enough.
I’m definitely glad I picked up a case of this and I will drink them at various intervals seeing how it develops over time, if i gets anywhere near the quality of the McWilliams I’m on to a winner and at £4.99 what’s not to like.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
£4.99 at Majestic (WIGIG promotion)