"The Emperor, shy but strident, wearing a myriad of citrus and orchard colours and a tensile sash of calm, and poise. This majestic wine's lightweight belies its sheer stretch of flavours across the palate. Energetic and gently grippy; tightly wound but bristling with mineral intent. Bottle age has softened this ever so slightly. Nothing more. An Australian classic in the making!"
97 points, Ned Goodwin MW for Halliday, January 2018.
"Classic in the making. Straw-green, slight spritz, excellent intensity yet it still manages to trip lightly from the attack to the extended finish. Citrus, wax, anise and green herbs but beautifully integrated. Complete."
96 points, Campbell Mattinson for Halliday, March 2018.
"Chris Tyrrell commented that the Vat 1 and Belford Semillons in 2013 were within .01 (i.e. stuff all) of the readings for the 2005 vintage for TA, Ph, alcohol and sugar. There’s always something different to the flavour and character of a vintage other than just chemistry, but it gives us a pretty good clue to the nature of the wines regardless.
Clean, lemon, lime, light honeyed tones – subdued – and then? A powerhouse palate presenting juicy, almost sweet, citrus fruit that fills the mouth – remarkable presence for such a light wine. Subtle powdery texture and pure acidity. Length to burn. A classic Vat 1. Drink to 2033+"
96 points, Gary Walsh, July 2013.
"Very subtle aromas of sliced lemon, apple and pear. Steel too. Full body, bright acidity and a vivid finish. Love the focus and beauty to this. Creamy mouthfeel."
94 points, Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com