2015 Gartelmann ‘Benjamin’ Semillon

Color, nose and palate

Fabulous lemon blossom bouquet with a hint of pineapple and hay on the nose. This follows through to the palate. Delicious lemony characters with just a touch of steely flint to give it an attitude. Finishing long and tangy.


Food recommendations: The perfect accompaniment for oysters or unembellished white fish, or a tarty goats cheese.
Cellaring potential: Drink now or cellar until 2020 for a guaranteed smooth “honey” or until 2024 for maximum ageing.

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Winemaker’s comments

This wine is named after Jan Gartelmann’s father Ben and grandson Benjamin.

For many years the Benjamin Semillon has been one of our most celebrated and awarded wines. The 2015 Benjamin Semillon is no exception. Made in a traditional Hunter style from only clean, flavor ripe, free-running juice, this wine was cold fermented in stainless steel capturing the elegance, finesse and structure that Hunter Valley Semillon is famous for.


Vintage notes

The Hunter 2015 started as an excellent vintage for whites with below average rainfalls until early December. Then it played catch-up. Heavier rains affected other vineyards, but this dry grown Semillon is more resistant to late rain and the Broke area had less rain than the Pokolbin area.


Vineyard notes

The fruit for this wine was sourced from a dry grown block of 75 year old vines in the Broke sub region, on alluvial sands that has traditionally produced the Hunter’s best Semillons.


Technical notes

Region: Hunter Valley
Harvest Date: 26 January 2015
Sub Region: Broke/Fordwich
Alcohol: 11.5%
Irrigation: Dry grown
Residual Sugar: 2.60 g/L
Elevation: 120m ASL
Titratable Acidity (tartaric): 6.2 g/L
Vine Age: 75 Years
pH: 3.17
Grape Varieties: 100% Semillon
Volatile Acidity: 0.2 g/L
Vines per Ha: 2250
SO2 post bottling (free/total): 47/136 ppm
Pruning Method: Cane & Spur
Bottled: 15 May 2015
Training Method: Single Cordon
Fining/Filtration: Milk & Fish Products/0.45μm
Harvest Method: Machine picked
Production: 619 dozen (750ml)