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.

Mendel 2017 Semillon 750ml

$43.39

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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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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Caves de Rauzan 2016 Fleur Moelleux 750ml

$18.17

This approachable soft and fruity wine is made from 100% Semillon grapes harvested from various vineyards in Bordeaux. Translated as "fluffy white flower" this wine is an ideal accompaniment to seafood, pork, veal, chicken, or dishes with cream...

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Howling Bluff 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 750ml

$23.39

The best yet of this tricky 85/15 sauvignon blanc and sémillon. With the vineyard now 15 years old, the fruit is at a stage to begin showing what it has, and under the enthusiastic guidance of winemaker Luke Smith it is showing quite a bit,...

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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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