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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 2021 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 750ml

$24.99

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 2020/21 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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Lock & Worth 2018/20 Semillon 'Losthorn' 750ml

$24.26

2018 Vintage: Retasted 16 months along, this Losthorn Vineyard Sémillon is one of 2 séms released in 2018 by L+W. This comes from Okanagan Falls' Losthorn Vineyard, planted in 1995 on a south / south west facing site. This was native...

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Calluna 2018 Calluna Estate Blanc 750ml
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Calluna 2018 Calluna Estate Blanc 750ml

$82.52 $54.99

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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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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Tyrrells 2015 Vat 1 Semillon 750ml

$80.78

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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L'Ecole 41 2016 Semillon 750ml

$30.34

The 2016 Semillon (there's 14% Sauvignon Blanc) is another fine white. Candied limes, citrus blossom, and a hint of honeysuckle emerge from this medium-bodied, balanced, textured white that has loads of fruit, yet finishes cleanly. It too is a good value...

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Carmen 2018 DO Quijada Semillon 750ml

$43.39

Quijada is the surname of a producer who, in Apalta, Colchagua, produces this Semillón on unirrigated land. It was harvested by Viña Carmen on February 20, before being fermented and aged in barrels for six months. A bright greenish yellow,...

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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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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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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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