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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

2007 Mistle­toe Home Vine­yard Hunter Val­ley Semil­lon THIS 2007 semil­lon (94 points, $17) should melt even the hard­est hearts of those who think semil­lon is an aber­ra­tion. It comes from a lowcrop­ping vine­yard and is made from vir­tu­ally free-run juice. It is mar­vel­lously fra­grant, with pro­nounced herb, grass and lano­lin aro­mas. The palate is long and vi­brant, the fin­ish per­fectly bal­anced, with just a hint of resid­ual sugar. The re­sult is rather like fresh lemon juice with just enough sugar added to stop the mouth from puck­er­ing, mak­ing the flavour more in­tense. Its point of in­ter­sec­tion with Lux­em­bourg is its nat­u­rally low al­co­hol of lit­tle more than 10 per cent; the point of de­par­ture is the yield of about 30 hec­tolitres a hectare. Only 300 cases made; avail­able through the cel­lar door, phone (02) 4998 7770, www.mistle­toewines.com. James Halliday

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