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Why You'll Love It
Along with Marco Cirillo’s famous old vine Grenache, this Cirillo 1850 Old Vine Semillon comes from what most agree to be the oldest Semillon vines in the world.
Making wine since the 1850’s is no mean feat and as Marco points out, demonstrates the obvious quality of this unique Light Pass single vineyard.
Marco picks and bottles this fruit very early, with the aim to retain acidity and freshness at a lower alcohol level. He wants to give the wine time in the bottle to develop into the beautiful, lemony, zesty, honeyed butterfly it is today.
The previous vintage received a whopping 95 points from James Halliday and this is another ripper.
Tiny volumes made as you’d expect but simply a must try for any lover of Semillon or those looking for a special piece of Australian wine history.
What It Tastes Like
“Grown from possibly the oldest Semillon vines in the world. This wine shows a classic Semillon nose of lemon and limes, whilst on the palate it is beautifully balanced with mineral & citrus flavours, a great length of fruit, and a soft, approachable acid structure.” - Marco Cirillo
When To Drink It
Cellaring: Now - 2021
Marco Cirillo is Barossan to the core. His family lays claim to the world’s oldest Grenache vines, the most ancient of them dating back to 1850. His range of wines made primarily from Grenache and Shiraz scream quality at every level, with enormous value to match. Traditional Barossa through a modern lense.
About Barossa Valley
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. With a reputation for producing huge blockbusting examples of old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by the rest of the world, it is a region that we should be proud of. But there is a new generation of winemakers reinventing the Barossa. We love the ‘new breed’ of the Barossa. Brave producers who both respect the tradition of the region and want to see it adapt to the tastes modern Aussie wine lover. Producers who will see this region develop into its full potential.
2009 vintage: 95 points. “Made from semillon vines planted in the 1850s and almost certainly the oldest in the world; is very intense and pure with citrus and mineral drivers not unlike top quality Hunter Valley semillon; early picking and bottling spot on.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Four Stars “In 1973 the Cirillo family acquired one of the oldest vineyards in Australia, situated in the Light Pass district of the Barossa Valley, where the soil is deep silt sand over limestone and clay. This combination of free-draining topsoil and water-holding subsoil has sustained the 3ha of grenache, along with 1ha semillon (previously incorrectly called madeira) and 0.5ha of shiraz planted in 1850, the latter complemented by 1ha of shiraz and 0.5ha of mourvedre planted in 1988. Most of the grapes are sold to Torbreck, leaving only a small portion for Cirillo. Exports to the US and Singapore.”
- James Halliday
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until: