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.

McGuigan 2015 Semillon Bin 9000 750ml

$18.17

This true Hunter styled Semillon is a fresh and light wine when young; aromatic and citrusy with a hint of cut grass on the nose. Great lime acidity on the palate with nice gooseberry and more citrys. While enjoyable now, this wine will develop rich...

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Legende 2013 Bordeaux Blanc 750ml

$26.00

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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La Frenz 2016 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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Tyrrells 2014 Lost Block Semillon 750ml

$22.52

Apparently there’s a story behind the Lost Block, that one of the Semillon vineyards had one block of fruit left that got forgotten, so it developed and got riper. Tyrrell’s loved the style as it was fuller and richer so decided to keep it...

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