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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  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Monbazillac 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the producer at the London France ... that it uses the same grapes,semillon,sauvignon blanc and muscadelle which are harvested late in order to allow the development of a fungus called Botrytis which contributes to the sweet taste.Domaine de Grange Neuve is a well established family producer in this ar... Read More

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  • I have just returned from one of those Expedia.com City breaks. I went to ... ... a third each sauvignon blanc,semillon and muscadelle aged in oak barrels. I thought it superb with lots of flavours. There is a gooseberry,elderlower,pineapple and apricot style fruit with overtones of vanilla. Anyway it went well with the oysters..&nbs Read More

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  • Domaine d'Arfeuille Bordeaux Blanc les Matines 2012


    I recently went on an Expedia.com City break and I chose to go to Bordeaux. ... ... each of sauvignon blanc,semillon and muscadelle and was aged in oak barrels.It was a dry wine but not bone-dry.This wine has got so many flavours going on at once ie elderflower,gooseberry,apricot and pineapple style fruit with citrus and vanilla overtones.It ... 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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