Very Special Worthy of a Higher Score
Langdorf Kaldukee Barossa Valley Semillon 2016
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Some wines I can drink regularly, night after night. This Kaldukee is one of these and as such I find ‘it passes my case test’. Semillon makes interesting wines in cool climates but also in warm climates which is a not a common feature for white varieties. Those that depend on aromatic pungency, such as Sauvignon blanc lose much of this power or appeal in a warm region.
Semillon to me has always been a textural variety, it has ample flavour but also mouth-feel and palate weight. The crisp characters it shows in a cool climate means it blends well with sauvignon blanc which adds the unusual aroma and lifted pungency of that variety.
It may though be better from a warm region as shown by the characters of the Hunter Valley and the many Trophy and gold medal winners that have come from the Barossa Valley. A beautiful wine, balanced, with ample favourite though no need to rush as it will last for years.