The Islander Estate Vineyards ~ Wally White 2014

The Islander Estate Vineyards ~ Wally White 2014
£29.50 / bottle£336.30 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: Australia
Grape variety: Semillon
Wine region: Kangaroo Island
Wine style: Rich Creamy Whites
Wine Type: White Wines
Wine Type: Limited Edition Wines
Drink: now to 2023
ABV: 14%

Tasting Notes

I've just run out of this wine which is a customer favourite but I can get hold of some more; if you would like me to notify you when it is in please email me

In the interim you could try Boekenhoutskloof's Semillon

The story

I love the name of this wine from Kangaroo Island off Southern Australia and as the producers themselves say this is "a wine which is anything but a Wally - sophisticated, elegant and delicious". Of great provenance - the producer is Jacques Lurton, flying winemaker and owner of several other wine interests in his native France.

The wine

I don't automatically take the next vintage of the wines on my list; I make sure that the new vintage is as good as or better than the last. This wine never fails to delight and so here is the 2014 vintage. Very similar to the 2013 vintage which is still available, the wine is a lovely light gold in colour. This vintage has the usual richness though is currently more medium in body than full like the 2013; this will change as the wine develops further in bottle. And although it is slightly lighter, it still has a lovely silky texture.

This wine is produced from Semillon which, like Chardonnay, has an affinity to oak. As it is slightly more youthful the fruit aromas and flavours, lemon and apples, dominate but there are still the usual nutty and savoury notes plus the hints of spice and toast from the oak ageing. Again these nutty and spicy characteristics  will intensify over the next couple of years. The richness is also developing and is beautifully balanced by tangy acidity.  The usual fabulous Wally White with a mouth-watering freshness.

Food Pairing

Recommended to drink with fish, chicken, pork, creamy dishes, mildly spiced curries, Thai and Japanese dishes. And it drinks beautifully on its own


*****     Winery Rating     James Halliday

From Jacques Lurton's The Islander estate on Kangaroo Island, this beautiful Semillon has a lovely silky texture; its creaminess is  balanced by a tangy long finish. At the forefront are lemons and apples with nutty, savoury & spicy notes developing nicely in the background. Will keep for some time and drinking beautifully now

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