2011 Iron Pot Bay Wines Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon

Established in 1988, Iron Pot Bay is located on the western side of the beautiful Tamar River at Devoit, northern Tasmania. It is the only vineyard that grows Semillon commercially in Tasmania. The 0.16 of a hectare planting is used as a blending partner with Sauvignon Blanc, making the final product unique to the Tamar Valley Region and to the island itself. 

Semillon is better known in warmer regions such as the Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley and Margaret River but its proximity to the river lessens the risk of frost and has some effect on heat summation, generally helping the grapes to ripen well. With considerable plantings of Sauvignon Blanc in Tasmania, the blend offers punters something different and distinctive. 

This wine is vinified by Jeremy Dineen, Chief Winemaker at Josef Chromy Wines since 2006 and whose impressive track record has seen him complete vintages at Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Victoria's Goulburn Valley and southern Tasmania over many years. 

Pale straw in appearance. There are subtle lifted notes of lime and passionfruit but it's green capsicum aromas that dominate. More on the herbal or vegetal side than fruit-driven style. The palate is fairly one dimensional with green capsicum, green beans and lemongrass at the front end supported by a fine flinty minerality and refreshing vibrant acidity across the tongue. I like that the Semillon has given the Sauvignon Blanc a softer dimension while not cancelling out its individuality given that some Sauvignon Blancs from down south can be quite pungent and acidic. Overall, nicely textured, good mouth feel with a crisp, lively finish. A wine for early consumption rather than cellaring. Worth trying as something out of the ordinary from Tasmania.

Source: Retail Purchase. Alcohol: 12.4%. Closure: Screwcap. Rating: 89+ Points. 

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