Peter and Kay Barnes’ Coombe Rise vineyard is situated on the outskirts of Pokolbin, bordered on one side by the Pokolbin Creek. Planted on sandy loam soils in the early ‘70s, the vines are cane pruned and have naturally low vigour, resulting in crops of around 3 tonnes per acre.
The 2013 vintage saw a diverse range of temperatures across the Hunter Valley. During winter, some good rains supplied very good sub surface moisture, but this was completely lost with significantly below average rainfall during spring and early summer. Despite low rainfall, moderate temperatures allowed good fruit set and veraison development up until New Year. Extreme heat days occurred during the 2nd and 3rd week of January adding to water and fruit ripening stress. The end of January had cooler conditions allowing the Semillon fruit to finish ripening slowly and allow time in the last week to develop flavour and sugar with picking on the 25th January.
The colour is a bright straw green hue. On the palate, there is a perfect balance of sweet and crisp, making a refreshing food wine. Lemon and lime aromas on the nose meld with the initial sweetness that exposes the juxtaposition of grapefruit and a trace of sherbet spritz.
Tasting Notes: 2013 Hunter Valley Off-Dry Semillon