Sémillon

Common synonyms: Wyndruif (South Africa)

Parentage of the grape: undetermined, likely native to Bordeaux and/or surroundings
 
History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distinguished popularity in the regions where it is grown. It has been used in quality production in France, in the areas in and around Bordeaux for centuries. It is there that it is found in elegant dry white wines, most often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. But perhaps even more importantly, its predisposition for Botrytis cinerea (a.k.a. “noble rot”), which has an astounding effect on the grape (as long as it is healthy), pinpointing its sugars and aromas for the Cadillac of sweet wine, Chateau d’Yquem of Sauternes. These wines can take long cellar aging and are some of the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. In more accessible forms, it is found in the late harvest dessert wines of lesser grade Sauternes (which are still Read more »

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  • D - Sadly Whitsundays just go seriously belted by Tropical Cyclone DebbieWinds up to 275km/hrDamage is extensivewww.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-29/cyclone-debbie-videos-show-rain.../8395588Agree Alcohol and Swimming/snorkelling are a bad mixture  Read More

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  • The 'sailing around' included the Whitsundays. Shockingly beautiful ... ... several cases of Hunter semillon (and some WA chard) on the boat. Not so much red, though plenty of cocktails, too. Not really that much alcohol compared to when on land, however,  since we were often in the water swimming or diving (or watching for Great Whites and T... Read More

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  • Have always liked their chards (and commented on them on these boards in years past), but have had relatively few of their cabs. Probably hit some weaker ones early so never spent much effort hunting them down after that. Read More

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  • RCKRYes it is Art SeriesThe Cab just seems to be a bit inconsistent for such a quality producerThe CHardonnay both the Art Series and the cheaper prelude are excellent CHardonnays Read More

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  • STEPHEN - is the Art Series wine? Leeuwin Estate - "Straight Cab can be a bit disappointing."  The reason I'm asking is that I was going to pull on an availability soon. Read More

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  • and you did not come to SAbit like going to US and not going to California Read More

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  • Margaret river Red Blends - cab/Merlot  unless otherwise stated [avoid 06 lot of stuck ferments]Cullen Diana MadelaineVoyager Estate [a cheaper version - Girt by Sea is ok]Moss Wood  - Straight CabVasse Felix - Straight Cab - the top one is Heystebury which is excellentPierro - bit inconsistentLeeuwin Estate - Straight Cab can be a bit dissappoi... Read More

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  • Notice I said Byron Bay 'south', that included down to Melbourne and ... intending to refer to their semillon/SB blend Read More

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  • Was in NYC from July to Nov of '01 and that was a remarkable time in the city's history, obviously, the transition stark. Had some side trips during the period including a fortnight in Boston and Vermont (was at a hotel in Salem when the planes hit) and 10 days in Miami, but the rest pretty steadily ensconced in a very nice hotel Upper Eastside ... Read More

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  • Sounds a bit like my US experienceSan Francisco twiceNapa twiceNew York onceBoston OnceCamden Maine onceLA oncePhoenix OnceSan Diego OnceHonolulu OnceEnjoyed them allWine experience aside NewYork was Amazing was there 15 months after 9/11 was very sobering that part Read More

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