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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.

La Frenz 2021 Semillon 750ml

$34.50

Our Semillon is a highly fragrant, textured wine with beautiful layers of chamomile, green kiwi and lemonade that carry through to the palate along with lemon curd, custard apple, cardamon, and beeswax. Finally, a lingering finish reminiscent of sage...

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Casa Mayor 2021 Chardonnay Semillon 750ml

$17.30

Yellow colour. On the nose, lively, with notes of tropical fruits. On the palate, good acidity and a touch of banana. Agreeable finish. 85% Chardonnay, 15% Semillon. 100% grapes from D.O Colchagua Valley vineyards. This...

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Tyrrells 2015 Vat 1 Semillon 750ml

$80.78

Hand-picked in the early morning, lightly pressed before relatively cool fermentation. This is still in its infancy but is gloriously well balanced, which guarantees youth at 10yo, maturity at 20, and age yet further down the track. When to drink? Your...

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Mendel 2019 Semillon 750ml

$34.70

The tenth vintage for a Semillón that pioneered a new wave in Argentine winemaking. Oenologist Roberto de La Mota makes it with grapes from Paraje Altamira, 20% fermented and aged in French casks (300 to 500 liters). A moderately intense yellow,...

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Lock & Worth 2018 Semillon 'Kelowna' 750ml

$33.82

One of two sémillons produced by Lock & Worth from 2018 (the other from Okanagan Falls), this comes from a lauded Sém vineyard on Mount Boucherie in West Bank, planted in 1993. Whole cluster pressed and native ferment, raised in neutral...

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Catena 2021 White Clay Semillon Chenin 750ml

$32.08

[2020 vintage] The white blend 2020 Appellation Luján de Cuyo White Clay was produced with 60% Semillon and 40% Chenin Blanc from white clay soils, as the name points out. The grapes were harvested quite early and then fermented in stainless...

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Carmen 2019 DO Quijada Semillon 750ml

$46.00

I love the subtleness of the white Semillon 2019 D.O. Quijada, produced with fruit from old vines from the Quijada family in Apalta. It fermented in neutral oak barrels with native yeasts and matured with the fine lees for 12 months. The oak is much...

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Chateau Cerons 2016 Graves Blanc 750ml

$63.39

50% Sémillon 45% Sauvignon Blanc 5% Sauvignon Gris Château de Cérons is not only a listed historic monument, but a lovely manor house built in the early 17th century. Polished and complex. Mature citrus fruits, ginger, clove and...

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De Martino 2019 Semillon La Blanca 750ml

$58.17

A new white from the Single Vineyard series, the 2019 La Blanca Semillón is from old vines planted in 2009 in Maipo with some 10% of vines of Savignonasse. The juice from the full clusters fermented in old barrels with native yeasts, and the wine...

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Fox & Archer 2021 Amrita Semillon 750ml

$30.35

The name Amrita was inspired by an ancient myth. Amrita was known as the nectar of the gods; if drank the gods would achieve immortality. This natural wine is  85% Semillon will 15% orange muscat, providing a beautiful bouquet of citrus flowers to...

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