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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 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 750ml

$22.52

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 2019 Semillon 750ml

$29.95

Our Semillon is a highly fragrant, textured wine with beautiful layers of tarragon, lemon grass and rose petal aromas that carry through to the palate along with lemon curd, custard apple and honeydew and finally a lingering finish reminiscent of sage...

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La Frenz 2016 Ensemble Reserve 750ml

$34.70

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

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 fermented in...

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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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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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