2019 Harkham Shibuya Meltdown Semillon

Hunter Valley, NSW

Two of Ritchie Harkham's top barrels of Semillon from the 2019 vintage. Wild but focused, this is what the Hunter does best.



About The Wine

Ritchie Harkham's wines are like no other in the Hunter Valley. His minimalist, preservative and additive free approach to winemaking has seen him develop into one of the true cult favourite wineries of the region.

His Shibuya Meltdown' Semillon is a different take on the variety than most in the Hunter Valley. It's a blend of his two best barrels of the vintage. Known for the laser-like acidity of the variety when picked and bottled early, Ritchie's Hunter Semillon is fermented in French oak - a contrarian wine that is reminiscent of some renditions of white Burgundy.

This has flesh on its bones, a fuller-figured white with the trademark pinpoint acidity the variety is famous for. Unique and insanely delicious, this is Hunter Semillon with a facelift.

Winemaker Ritchie Harkam
Winemaker Ritchie Harkam
Photo Credit: Leanne Olson
Additional Info

From The Producer

This is super succulent and delicious, barrel fermented like white burgundy this has attractive and juicy fruit flavours but, very reminiscent of the stunning wines from Fred Cossard, it is buttressed and lengthened by a laser-like seam of acidity. This goes down very well!

Blend : Semillon (100%)
ABV : 11.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Grapefruit, lemongrass, lemon skin and a faint note of marzipan. Liquid gold in the mouth, this has glorious shape in the mouth. Round yet taut with crystaline acid strung like a spider web through the guts of it. Silken, toasty and decadent - such an interesting version of this iconic Australian wine style. - Different Drop Wine Team


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