2015 Brokenwood IRL Reserve Semillon (11% abv)

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2014 Brokenwood IRL Reserve Semillon (11% abv)

The ILR (Iain Lesley Riggs - Chief Winemaker) Reserve Semillon is released from the best years and this is a beauty. 

Light-bodied and lithe, it is silky, weightless and immensely complex.

Tasting Notes 


At 6 years of age on release, the colour is just starting to show some development with yellow tints complimenting the green edges.


Lifted almond bread and the floral notes heading to beeswax and toast.


Lively lime juice, Bickford cordial characters and backed by a superb zesty acidity. The magic of Hunter Valley Semillon on display with texture, fruit weight and great length from a wine that sees no oak. 


Harvesting all by hand. The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Neutral yeasts were used for the fermentation, bottled in July. No oak and no malolactic ferment, only stainless steel.

Winemaker Comments

Brokenwood’s 41st vintage got underway a lot earlier than anticipated. The continued dry weather across the eastern half of Australia intensified in early January with a run of above average temperatures including a new January record high of 45.7C in Sydney. Tasmania suffered through bush fires, Victoria and NSW were also on high alert. The heavy rain that disrupted the 2012 red harvest gave way to a typical dry winter and even drier spring when only 92mm of rain fell in the 4 months July to October. La Nina seemed to be on the way out. November, December and the early part of January were also dry, leading to lighter canopies to go with the lighter crop load. Semillon started rolling into the winery on January 16th and well over half was picked before a tropical deluge of 150mm after Australia Day. Guess La Nina wasn’t quite gone.

About Brokenwood Wines

Founded in 1970 as a hobby venture by three Sydney-based solicitors - Tony Albert, John Beeston and Australian wine critic James Halliday - Brokenwood is perhaps best known for their Cricket Pitch label, which was first sourced from a 4-hectare block at the foothills of the Hunter Valley’s Brokenback Ranges. The block was originally earmarked as the local cricket ground before they decided to plant a vineyard instead.

Similarly, Brokenwood purchased their neighbouring block, which was intended to be the local cemetery, and instead planted Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, becoming their critically acclaimed flagship wine, the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz.

Chief Winemaker and Managing Director Iain Riggs (ILR) joined Brokenwood in 1982 and introduced new winery equipment and facilities specifically for premium white wine production. Since 1983, white wine makes up a significant part of total production and their Semillon is widely recognized as one of the finest in the world. Iain has also been the driving force behind Brokenwood’s expansion into the McLaren Vale in South Australia, Beechworth in Victoria, Margaret River in Western Australia, and Orange in New South Wales. Despite their expansion, they have managed to remain fiercely committed to producing unique and high-quality expressions of Australian terroir.


  • 97Pts James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019


  • 4 Gold Medals

Alan's Personal Tasting Notes

"Not cheap but a real treat! 6 years old but still very young. Wonderful citric fruit with aromas of beeswax- a classic hunter valley Semillon descriptor. Great weight, wonderful balance and a complexity that will see it evolve for many years yet. Simply sublime and a real star and keeper. Will be interesting to see how it develops!" February 2020


    Year 2015
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar Semillon
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    11% alc vol 
    Units of alcohol per bottle 8.25 units
    Type White Wine
    Cellaring Potential For immediate enjoyment
    Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
    Food Matches Asian food, any seafood especially freshly shucked oysters.
    Origin Hunter Valley
    Appellation New South Wales