First Creek Winemaker’s Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon

The Blackberry Vineyard provides the core of First Creek’s top semillon, setting a distinctive fruit character akin to blackcurrant bud in its youth, slowly developing via preserved lemon to lanolin and toast in its maturity. A wine of balance and poise, with wonderful focus, determined acid line and enduring persistence. $35 at Wine Selectors (2009). 2011 available direct.