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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  • 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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  • Almost think a bit of acid is neededHunter Semillon if young maybe OKyoung clare or eden valley riesling  Read More

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  • How about an Australian Hunter Valley Semillon? A little off-dry with a flavor to match. Read More

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  • Hi I was wondering if anyone can help me find a good wine pairing for a apple, cherry pork tenderloin with lemon cuscous? Read More

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  • Clarendon Hills make awesome wines but they are in the Napa CS price range, ... a great company and their 2 Semillons are amazing Elizabeth which is in the 15-20 rangeLovedale which is in the +35 rangeLovedale will age forever and they survive brilliantly with no Oak treatment.They are from the Lovedale region of the Hunter Valley in NSW which... Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • The '14 is singing right now EMark, nice find. Good thing your wager was ... was ... Vyd Syrah3x McGah Semillon 2x Tofanelli Semillon Mike opened a '15 Halcón and a '15 Whole Cluster last night during the game. Both were superb. The Halon holds a place near and dear to my heart because it was at Syrah Night when Mike met Paul Gordon and this ... Read More

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  • Hadn't read about the absence of brett in G-L but whoever wrote that was ... of Sauternes is undoubtedly Semillon and if you decrease it, you get a lemony wine that is fresh but ends up losing the rich, deep nature of the great, sweet wines of Bordeaux.’He also said the vintage was marked by very high acidity.Maybe, I didn't do any tests, but ... Read More

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