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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.

Lock & Worth 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 750ml

$23.27

Lock & Worth is a Naramata based partnership between Matthew Sherlock & Ross Hackworth – longtime colleagues and comrades from Nichol Vineyard, further up Naramata Bench. The duo’s low interventionist winemaking philosophy is in play...

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La Frenz 2018 Semillon 750ml

$26.00

Winemakers notes: The grapes from this vineyard are some of the oldest, if not the oldest, plantings of the variety in Canada. Our Sémillon is highly aromatic with a lively start that leads to a lush mid-palate and a lingering creamy finish...

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La Frenz 2016 Ensemble Reserve 750ml

$33.82

A Bordeaux-style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, the La Frenz 2012 is elegant, yet racy and refreshing. On the nose there are notes of citrus, grapefruit and lemongrass, and 12 months in French oak gives the palate delightful vanilla flavours to...

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Lock & Worth 2018 Semillon 'Losthorn' 750ml

$24.26

Winemaker's Notes: "100% Semillon. Planted in 1995 in Kelowna this single Vineyard has been responsible for some of the most respected Semillon to come out of the Okanagan. We are proud to have the opportunity to throw our hat in the ring." Pair With:...

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Tyrrells 2014 Vat 1 Semillon 750ml

$73.82

Made from the estate's Short Flat Vineyard, the blocks dating back to '23, this is destined to add yet more trophies to the Tyrrell's warehouse of such tributes. Its balance and mouthfeel are remarkable, supple and juicy, yet cleansed by gently insistent...

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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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Calluna 2018 Calluna Estate Blanc 750ml

$82.52

Light and creamy, this is an impressive, small-production wine made from 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Sémillon grown high up on the producer's estate. Fruity and flinty, it excels in interwoven flavors of peach, melon and lemon, finishing crisp and...

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