2015 Silkman Semillon Blackberry Vineyard, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

2015 Silkman Semillon Blackberry Vineyard, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia



Semillon is the Hunter Valley’s iconic grape, which thrives on the sandier white-grey soils and old river beds on the lower vineyards around the town Pokolbin.  Semillon from this area are capable of great evolution over many years.

We stocked this marvelous wine almost three years ago.  Here is another chance to revisit.  Fabulous already, this is still a baby!

After many years of dedicated winemaking and winery management, Liz and Shaun Silkman burst on to the Australian wine scene with great gusto being named in the James Halliday Wine Companion “Ten Best New Wineries 2016” and receiving the top 5 Star award for this vineyard designated wine.  Liz was the first winemaker to earn Hunter Valley “Winemaker of the Year” honors.

All viticulture is dry farmed, sustainable and organic.  The early ripening Semillon is picked in the beginning of February with lower brix and higher natural acidity.   This wine was fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel where it remains on the lees for five months.

“Hints of gunpowder and citrus mark the nose of this exciting young Sémillon. The 2015 Blackberry Vineyard Semillon is vibrant and medium-bodied, with a bit of plumpness to the mid-palate that’s often lacking in Hunter Valley examples, despite weighing in at a sprightly 10.5% alcohol. Assertive lime and tangerine notes take over on the long, elegant finish. This is drinking so well now, I hesitate to suggest aging it will make it better, but that’s generally what happens to Hunter Valley Sémillons. This will be interesting to follow over the next 10-12 years.” – 92 points, Wine Advocate, December 29, 2017

“There’s a cool, crisp quality to this wine, reminiscent of icy river water flowing over stones, with lemon zest, wool and a core of herbs and spices. The palate is austere, with the stoney minerality showing in both texture and flavor. The acidity is crisp but not searing, and the lemon fruit shows its face just for a moment. Drink now–2025.” 91 points, Wine Enthusiast
– Christina Pickard


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