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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  • 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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  • Chateau Magence Graves Blanc 2012


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    Wine review by Audra NY

  • Some good Semillon being made in Oz...I still have the YY's to buy, though interesting to note the 2010's may still be too young. Sounds like a fun gathering.After a dip in to South Carolina for lunch, Rock Hill, nothing to see there, my wife did manage to find a decent restaurant. Sometimes a good, semi sloppy chicken sandwich and herb fries  i... Read More

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  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's ... of cellaring).2015 Myriad Semillon MgGagh - 14.6% (A bit high for a white, but it's from a hot, drought year, and kind of expected. I also just had a 15.1 Napa Sauv Blanc over the weekend, yikes! What an alcohol bomb that was, made a ripe Pinot Grigio ftaste very restra... Read More

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  • Nice looking pizza, MJET. Calling Stephen! Any experience with the wines I ... wines I ... Tulloch Hunter Semillon 2014 x 3 and Keith Tulloch Tawarri Vineyard Shiraz 2014 x 3 at start after the Alsatian and before the Barossa; Hunter and Barossa valleys truly are differentShiraz like a baby amarone (not really a ripasso from Oz, but some Amaro... Read More

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was ... ... is blended with a bit of semillon. Aged a few months in neutral barrels, this SB is really nice, more melon and meyer lemon vs grapefruit. We then headed to the manor for a sit down tasting featuring two cabs ('01 and '08) and two of the Bordeaux blend Elivette ('05 ... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • DInteresting selectionHad the Semillon couple of times - it is really strange with Semillon - everybody who tries it likes it but nobody buys it, most winemakers love making it and drinking it but very hard to sell in any quantity.Have not tried 14 Hunter Shiraz Tulloch is a very good Hunter winemaker and his shiraz does rate high when it is goo... Read More

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