Semillon

Semillon is a real star of a grape, but receives much less of the limelight than Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Rewind a couple of hundred years though, and Semillon was the most widely planted grape in the world. So why isn’t it headlining nowadays? Well, it might have something to do with the fact that it isn’t as buttery as Chardonnay or as crisp as Sauvignon, but this is precisely what makes it great in both a lead role and as a supporting act. By itself it can deliver soft fruit flavours of apple and fig and green notes including grass and asparagus. In a blend it can add richness to Sauvignon (a combination often found in Bordeaux) and freshness to Chardonnay (a popular double act in Australia). It’s its starring role in the delicious dessert wines of Bordeaux that make it a true idol though. Semillon is thin-skinned and presents a great habitat for noble rot. This natural process, which sweetens the juice whilst maintaining freshness, produces some of the most exquisite (and expensive) wines on the planet. Here Semillon is definitely the main attraction.

Legende 2013 Bordeaux Blanc 750ml

$25.99

A lovely straw colour, typical of quality white Bordeaux. Notes of citrus and ripe pear on the nose, and apples, pears and lychee on the palate. Decent acidity gives good backbone, giving us a wine that's great on its own or with a variety of cheeses,...

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Mendel 2016 Semillon 750ml

$42.52

The 2013 Semillon is sourced from 3.5 hectares of un-grafted old vineyards in Altamira at 1,100 meters altitude. Semillon is a variety that was introduced in Argentina at the same time as Cabernet Sauvignon, and while many old vineyards have been...

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Clos du Soleil 2016 Fume Blanc 750ml

$24.26

AWARDSOkanagan Festival 2017 Okanagan Spring Wine FestivalDescriptionClos du Soleil's Fumé Blanc is a full-flavoured, aromatic take on Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. EyesA beautiful pale-gold in the glass. NoseThe nose of this wine...

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Henschke 2015 Louis Semillon 750ml

$56.43

Opening with lemongrass, fennel, white pepper and chalk dust notes, the 2015 Louis Semillon is dry, light-bodied and tightly wound at this youthful stage, offering thirst-quenching elegance for now with a promise of loads more to come with 7-10 years...

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Sandpoint 2014 Sauvignon Blanc 750ml

$23.39

This sophisticated and beautifully balanced wine shows that Lodi can make crisp and poised whites. It has aromas like white pepper and dried thyme, crisp lemon flavors and racy acidity. It is nicely dry, clean and tautly refreshing. While medium bodied,...

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