2014 McLeish Estate Semillon Chardonnay

McLeish Estate

The blending of these varieties is long established, though somewhat undermined by the volume end of the market where the marriage is often one of convenience rather than design.

For McLeish Estate to steer any Semillon away from their much lauded estate release, there's serious belief in the provenance of this blend.  

A genuine 50:50 mix, the 2014 combines the freshness of stainless steel fermented Semillon, with Chardonnay that sees the benefit of quality oak barriques.  

Colour shows development and the chardonnay imposing itself.  The faintest tinge of green represents Semillon's resistance.  It's attractive in the glass.

Ripe nectarine and peach aromatics wrestle with the lemon-thrust of the Semillon.  The French oak adds complexity and consummates the marriage.

It's a wine that blossoms as it warms in the glass.  If only McLeish could have spared an extra 15% Semillon, I feel the Blend would have benefited from it's energy and lift.The back palate shows a hint of tiredness; a phenolic grip, that confirms the winery's suggested drinking window (3-6 years) is right on the money.

It's a lovely drink, and difficult to benchmark considering how few wineries respect the value of the blend.

86 points
Drinking window - 2017 - 2020 
Price - $25 - Cellar Door
Closure - Screwcap
Alcohol - 12.5%

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