The Happs Estate Range

2013 Happs Late Picked Semillon


This wine is made from Semillon from our Karridale vineyard and is left longer on the vine to achieve higher sugar levels. During this extended ripening period the grapes naturally become infected with Botrytis, the fungal cause of "noble rot". This can impart unique flavours such as ginger, marmalade, apricots and honey. After hand harvesting, the fruit is gently pressed, settled and fermented with aromatic yeast. The fermentation is arrested when the appropriate sugar/acid balance is achieved and the wine then bottled young to retain the fresh lifted characters of the variety. 

AROMA: A fragrant, lifted aroma of fig, marmalade, quince, lemon tart and preserved fruits with notes of honey and orange.

PALATE: A rich and luscious wine with great acid drive and persistence of flavour. All the aromatics sensed in the wine explode onto the palate with additional notes of apricot, quince paste and preserved lemon. Drinking beautifully now though is a style that rewards cellaring.

VARIETY: 100% Semillon.

ANALYSIS: Alc/Vol: 10.4%, Titratable Acidity: 5.3g/L, pH: 3.49, Residual Sugar:    4.5

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