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Posted by MarioRobles, Oct 22, 2008.

Since I am in Australia, I am just wondering if you know, like or have tasted Semillon from the Hunter Valley (Australia) when young and after 5 years of ageing...

Semillon from this region (250 kms from Sydney) is renowned for their Semillon and as Jancis Robinson OBE MW has said "Hunter Semillon is Australia's unique gift to the world".

I have to say, I am not pushing anything but I love this wine! specially when it is 5-7+ years old... I haven't found a better match to raw oysters than a nice, chilled glass of Hunter Valley Semillon...


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 22, 2008.

Hey Mario,

Thanks for the type. I really think that Australia's dry white wines get short shrift. While the great Shiraz and stickies get alot of attention things like your Hunter Valley Semillon, and more to my palate, the great dry Rieslings hardly get noticed. I've had some great experiences with old Grosset Polish Hill Rieslings from Clare valley:

Absolutely brilliant wines and while among the best it is certainly not the only compelling dry white from the Island continent. They are definitely worth exploring further!

Reply by jameshull, Oct 22, 2008.

As an australian myself, growing up an hour from the hunter valley, I can also recommend some of the Savignon Blanc - Semillon blends. A great sipper for the Sydney climate! Also, I've heard a few wineries back over there are doing good things with some varieties seen only usually in Europe (Verdelho, Voignier, Mourvedre and Tempranillo to name a few).

Reply by John Andrews, Oct 26, 2008.

@MarioRobles ... I'm in Sydney right now visiting for work ... can you recommend some good Semillons for me try? Table wine or boytrieus infected ... I'd love to try some. Thanks ... John

Reply by MarioRobles, Oct 27, 2008.

Try the follwoing;
Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon (approx $40) but well worth it...
Tyrrell's Belford Semillon
Tyrrell's HVD Semillon
As you probably have noticed, Tyrrell's is considered the benchmark in the Hunter Valley although some other wineries are pretty good; also try, Brokenwood, for Botrytis try Margan and De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon... not from the Hunter Valley but a benchmark for Australian Botrytis...

if you are in Sydney, the Hunter Valley is only 2 hours north... good luck...

Reply by John Andrews, Oct 31, 2008.

@Mario ... thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely see if I can try some Tyrrell wine!

Reply by GregT, Nov 10, 2008.

I completely agree about the dry whites from Australia, and particularly the rieslings. I tend to like riesling in any form, but since it is almost impossible these days to know what you are going to get from Germany unless you know the specific wine or it's a GG, Australia is my go-to when I want a dry riesling.

And yes, I've had the semillon from Hunter Valley and it's dynamite.

In fact, they can do a pretty good verdeho also -- one of the best wines that Sparky Phillips produces IMO.

Reply by MarioRobles, Nov 11, 2008.

I also agree with you... Rieslings from the Clare and Eden Valleys are AWESOME! they are just in a league of their own... the Hunter Valley is great for Semillon and Verdelhos... you are right... a nice plate of fresh seafood and you are in heaven!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 12, 2008.

Verdelho from Australia, talk about obscure. I'll be trying some Australian reds soon but I will be sure to slot in an Australian white tasting early next summer. These wines deserve a broader audience.

Reply by pinot please, Nov 14, 2008.

The Mornington Peninsula produces amazing world class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Try the quality wines from Paringa Estate, Kooyong, Yabby Lake and Ten Minutes by Tractor. Delicious..

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 18, 2008.

I've got 8 bottles set for an Australian tasting soon. Still need to round it up to a case but it's getting there. Keep your eye out for the soon to come Snooth Panel Tasting Program Take on Australian Shiraz!

Reply by John Andrews, Nov 21, 2008.

@PinotPlease ... was just in Yarra Valley and can say that Yarra does some great pinots too. Giant Steps is one of my new favourites. If I had more time I would have gone to Mornington as well. Do like Yabby Lake very much.

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