"Luminous green in color. Aromas are of lifted lime cordial and citrus zest, as well as the desirable bees wax and emerging toast for bottle age. A fuller, richer palate structure with flavours of honey, cut grass and toast abound. The increase in texture, almost oak-like, is part of the magic of Hunter Semillon. Excellent acid structure that will see this wine reach ten plus years without problems. 11.5% alc."
"As per the typical Hunter style, the Semillon fruit was picked at low baume with great fruit weight and flavor intensity, alongside brilliant and focused acidity. Fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pristine fruit characters and aromatics, lasting 3-4 weeks. The wine was then cold-settled, racked and filtered prior to bottling, without any influence from malolactic fermentation or oak."
"98 pts ... Incredibly pale, although bright, straw-green; this is the best ILR so far made; while delicate and elegant, the citrus, lemongrass and mineralcomponents are utterly seamless, the palate of perfect balance and length. Arguably its Achilles heel is the pleasure it gives now, as too few will experience the increased complexity of further age."
"92 pts ... Pale yellow. Pungent, highly perfumed aromas of candied fig, pear and lemon rind, with a suggestion of honey in the background. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering intenseorchard and citrus fruit flavors that stain the palate. Closes with mounting spiciness and very good focus and persistence, leaving spice and bitter quinine notes behind. The 1999 version of this wine is just beginning to hit its stride, by the way, and should continue to age well for another decade, at a minimum."