About The Beer
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Brewery: Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Style: Fruit Beer
Format: 375ml Bottle
St Florence 2019: Semillon is an Australian Wild Ale refermented with Semillon grapes from the Hunter Valley, NSW.
This variant with Semillon was made by blending 4 barrels of mature, barrel aged Gold with hand harvested Semillon grapes from Tyrrell's Estate in Pokolbin NSW. On an early morning in January, we drove up to the Hunter arriving at Tyrrell's Estate around 8.30am to try and beat the 40+ degree heat predicted for the day and got to work hand harvesting beautifully ripe Semillon grapes. We finished, luckily, before it got too hot, had a nice little lunch in the shade and headed back to Sydney. We chilled the grapes overnight and the next morning transferred all of these whole bunch, hand harvested grapes into a variable capacity stainless steel vessel without destemming or crushing. We sealed the tank and allowed fermentation to naturally begin via the native yeasts on the skins of the grapes. After three weeks of sealed, carbonic maceration, we removed the juice at the bottom of the ferment and blended in 2 barrels, 1729 (11 month old Gold) and 1779 (14 month old Gold) on 6 February and allowed the fruit to macerate and referment with the beer for 4 months. On June 18, we blended in 1837 (11 month old Gold) and 1805 (16 month old Gold) for necessary structure and balance. It was packaged on 19 June and allowed to go through a tertiary fermentation for carbonation and conditioning for 11 weeks before release. At bottling it was 6.0% ABV and 1.1 P (1.004 SG).
On opening, the aroma is reminiscent of aged Semillon with golden honey notes, waxed lemon and pear skin. The colour and palate show the months on skins with a deep yellow colour and nutty, grippy flavours which open up as the beer warms with a savoury finish. It is one of our finest examples of blending in fruit whilst firmly maintaining the integrity of our beer. It's effortless and the ability to see both the beer and wine separately but also coherently on the palate is its strength.