Grown from possibly the oldest Semillon vines in the world.
About the Wine
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.
About Cirillo Estate
Marco Cirillo is Barossan to the core. His family lays claim to the world’s oldest continuously functioning Grenache vines, the most ancient of them dating back to 1850. This is an incredible achievement from the Cirillos and those vignerons who have tended to these vines for over 160 years.
Marco's range of wines made primarily from Grenache and Shiraz scream quality at every level, with old vine concentration paired with modern brightness of fruit. Considering the incredible history in every bottle, they provide incredible value for the money also - the Vincent Grenache is one of the best $20ish wines in the country. One of our favourite Barossa producers.