The ‘Terracotta’ wines get their name from the soils on which the fruit is grown. These red basalt/clay soils are renowned for their low fertility thus reducing the yield of the vine and increasing fruit concentration.
A small parcel of Semillon was harvested early from a high block on the Howard’s ‘Somerset’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
The 2010 Hunter Valley vintage conditions were very good for both white and red varieties alike. A dry and warm January enabled a perfect ripening period for Semillon with no pressure to harvest prematurely. The vintage rainfall did not start until late February allowing most fruit to be harvested disease free.
The colour is pale straw with green tinges. The metamorphosis into an aged Semillon has well and truly begun, with the nose, although not yet toasty, showing hints of lanolin and wax but still with a citrus core. There is plenty of flavour already with nicely balanced green apple acidity binding it altogether.