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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  • New South Wales

    New South Wales is state and wine-producing region within the Federal Commonwealth of Australia...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

  • Sauternes

      Sauternes is a region in the Graves part of Bordeaux, south of the Garonne river which is ...

  • Hunter Valley

    Hunter Valley is the best known region within the state of New South Wales in Australia. The up...

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  • W. Drayton & Sons Pty Ltd

    The Drayton's are one of the Hunter Valley's pioneering winemaking families and it is one of the...

  • Arrowfield Estate

    You will find Arrowfield Estate in the Upper Hunter Valley, approximately two and a half hours dr...

  • Iron Gate Vineyards

    Hunter Valley Wines Pty Ltd purchased the land as a paddock in 1996. We planted Semillon, Verdelh...

  • Reynolds Wines Ltd

    Here at Reynolds Vineyards, we pay careful attention to growing the best grapes and making wines ...

  • Brokenwood

    At nearly 40 years young, Brokenwood Wines, in the heart of the Hunter Valley, can lay claim to n...

  • Hungerford Hill Wines Pty Ltd

    A Hunter Valley icon for several generations of Australian wine drinkers since its founding in th...

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