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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  • 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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  • I know the Tyrells just looking for info and I think it may have been that 1st wine. Just can't remember...a long time ago.  Admittedly I loved the country.  Been to WA 3 times, Sidney/Melbourne areas twice and loved the it each time.  Coming back would be a dream come true for me.Maybe I'll order the them both and give and do a little compariso... Read More

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  • RCKRDon't know SilkmanWhich Tyrells? they have a few - admittedly they are the no 1 Semillon makers hereFreo in 76 would have almost been wild westYou need to get back to oz and cruise [by car] from Freo to Margaret River Read More

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  • What do you of Silkman - it's available for $20 - $25 USD or the Tyrell Hunter Vally @ $27. Read More

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  • I've posted this before, but what the hell - My epiphany wine was a '73 Hunter Valley Semillon.  Had it with Dhufish and oyster sauce in a little place in Freemantle in 1976.  It was an outstanding pairing that the owner recommended and he was dead on.  Taught me wine and food. Been in love with it ever since, but with where I live now it's a cr... Read More

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  • AS per Dmker's suggestionI have started a discsussion on this topicHunter ... is the most famous place for SemillonThey are very long lived and interesting made with nil or almost nil Oak treatmentSadly depsite most people who trythem saying how good they are very few buy themRestauranteurs regard them as great food wines but struggle to sell ... Read More

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  • Thanks, Stephen.Actually, if you're up for it, might be better to create a ... create a new thread for the semillon-from-Oz subject. Can get better interaction that way, and will be more searchable, to boo Read More

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  • Thanks for the perspective, Stephen. Knew a little of the Hunter backstory ... ... challenges faced by Aussie semillon, what labels can you particularly recommend for us to chase dow Read More

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