The Cirillo 1850 Semillon is harvested entirely from a single vineyard at Light Pass in the Barossa Valley. It is believed to be the oldest producing Semillon vine on earth! Picked early in the season, normally in mid‐late January.
About this Wine
The Cirillo 1850 Semillon is harvested entirely from a single vineyard at Light Pass in the Barossa Valley. It is believed to be the oldest producing Semillon vine on earth! Picked early in the season, normally in mid‐late January, it is harvested with great acidity. The fruit is handpicked and basket pressed. The wine is then tank fermented, without oak.
It is extremely pale green/yellow, almost clear in colour.
About the Winery
Cirillo's claim to fame is its ownership of some of the oldest Grenache vines in the world - 3 ha of bush vines planted in 1848! But wait...there's more! They also own what is believed to be the OLDEST Semillon vines in the world. In this case a single 1ha plot located at Light Pass. Most of the grapes are sold to Torbreck, leaving only a small portion for the Cirillo label. More recent plantings are mere babes at 30 years old.
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.