This is a might good semillon that shows the benefits and flexibility of this variety. In this case 18 months in French oak has brought a high degree of sophistication and complexity into the wine. Yet it retains its essential fruit character with that lemon zip tracing through the long palate. Has some cellaring potential as well.
The fruit for this excellent cabernet comes from vines that are now nearly 40 years old. Dark chocolate and spicy blackcurrant fruit flavours with some nice cedary oak. It’s generous and ample in the middle palate with a fine weave of tannin and oak.
Barton Jones The Box Seat semillon 2013 ($23)
Pushes semillon into a new zone with the use of French oak. The wine gets about 18 months in oak yet it is not what I would call excessively oaky. The lemon fruit character is still evident and the wine is perfectly balanced. Loads of intensity on the palate which extends easily to a long finish.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 8 years
Barton Jones The Top Drawer cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($28)
A delightful medium-bodied cabernet exhibiting leafy blackcurrant and black olive nuances on the nose with a distinctive trace of tobacco leaf. The palate shows
fine, precise tannins and silky smooth oak. The fruit expression is very good with poise and presence.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 8 years
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