Sam Miranda Semillon 2009
Almost colourless, the slightly straw tinge reflects the very clean, crisp and delicate nature of this wine. As a young wine there are subtle citrus aromatic notes, and very obvious fresh lemon flavours and lingering acidity on the palate. As the wine ages, it should develop more complexity, with hints of honey and toast and a richer, fuller palate.
The fruit was crushed and destemmed, chilled, and the free-run and very gentle juice pressings were separated, settled overnight and the clean juice fermented to dryness in stainless steel, at approximately 12 degrees celsius, using a specially selected citrus aromatic yeast.
2009 was a difficult year for most viticultural regions in Victoria, with an extended period of excessive temperatures in late January. Fortunately the King Valley has on average, slightly cooler temperatures, and is also a traditionally late ripening region, such that the early timing of the heat-wave meant that most varieties had only just started ‘veraison’ & were only minimally affected. Once the heat-wave subsided, the ripening season was slightly cooler than usual, meaning flavour development was very good, and natural acidity very well maintained. The fruit for this wine is from a single vineyard in the Myrhee area of the King Valley. As is usual in the King Valley, harvest timing was in response to ripeness of flavour and acid balance rather than sugar indices, and in 2009 that was on the 14th of March.
2009 Sam Miranda Semillon
Score: 87 Points
Review by: James Halliday , Australian Wine Companion 2011
“Pale straw; a lean offering displaying green apple and a touch of straw; light and fresh palate.” Rating:87
Stainless Steel tank