2023 Varietal Winners

Top Rated: Semillon

By The Tasting Team

It’s a foregone conclusion that the Hunter again corners the category of dry semillon, but to do so with standouts from no fewer than nine vintages is grand testimony to its global uniqueness. Our Semillon of the Year was a convincing winner for the panel. 

2023 Best Semillon of the Year in Australia

2014 Brokenwood Sunshine Vineyard Semillon, Hunter Valley

97 points | Price when tasted $66

2014 Brokenwood Sunshine Vineyard Semillon, Hunter Valley

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The wine’s magic has nothing to do with the winemaking and everything to do with the site and seven years in bottle. The perfumed bouquet of lemon zest, frangipani and toast leads into a mouth-watering citrus- and honey-accented palate. The length, finish and aftertaste sing in perfect harmony. – James Halliday

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*This is an edited extract from the 2023 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Ned Goodwin MW, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Jeni Port, Philip Rich and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.

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