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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  • France

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  • South Africa

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

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    A shared passion ... Since 1991, "Les Jamelles" has been produced by Catherine and Laurent Delau...

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    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

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  • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    79% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% SemillonSoft on the nose and a bit creamy and spicy with lesy floral notes over a base of pineapple and grapefruit Mineral and fresh on entry, this is a touch simple though with lovely river stone minerality under slightly creamy gooseberry inflected pineapple fruit. Clean, zesty, and green fruited on the moderately lon... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Marquis de Chasse Sauternes 2007


    Golden straw hue, aromas of dried yellow stone fruits and caramelized sugars, flavor notes o fbrown sugar, stewed apricots and oily peach stone, over a lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Snapped this shot a couple months ago when we were racking some Pinot for Ancillary and Patiné. Check out the shadow, "Fill 'er up!" So what Pinot Noir have you enjoyed lately. What characteristics did you like about it? What food did you pair it with?Tonight I'm opening a 2011 Copain "Les Voisins" Pinot Noir for a number of reasons.I haven't ta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir anyone?

  • Sounds like you guys had a good time...The commentary on the high alcohol wines ... of power and elegance. The Semillon was too much, definitely out of bounds for my palate though the fruit seemed tasty. I guess that's where it gets tricky, the higher the alcohol the more quickly and significantly the pendulum can swing. Can't wait to finally t... Read More

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  • Last week, outthere posted a nice one about some newer wineries that received props in Antonio Galloni's article about new California wineries.I had made plans with OT to meet up at Mike Smith's joint, the Carter winery, where he makes his own Myriad wines.  I had a half case of Myriad waiting for pickup and we were bringing my wife's new execut... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Outthere hits it out of the...

  • I'm curious to try that Morlet Semillon/Sauv Blanc blend. What a cool idea for Sonoma Coast fruit, even if it began as a French winemaker looking to create something from back home, it seems to have been a resounding success. Read More

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  • Bimbadgen Estate Individual Vineyard Mcdonalds Road Semillon Hunter Valley New South Wales Australia 2007


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    Wine review by Daniel Young

  • We’re now on episode five of cellar clean-up, today focusing on a handful ... ... feature a majority of semillon. Very possibly the least well understood white variety out there. These blends are quirky to say the least. Semillon is a fabulous age worthy variety. Often appearing quite dull and boring when very young, Semillon can become expans... Read More

    From the article A Question of Meritage

  • Buty Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Muscadelle 2011


    60% Semillon 19% Sauvignon 21% Muscadelle Columbia Valley 13.8% $24Very tight and reticent on the nose. Rather rich on entry and supple with a gorgeous mouthfeel and slow to emerge flavors of melon, fig, a touch of vanilla, and dried white flowers wrapped in subtle pie crust notes. The finish shows a whisper of tannin, well integrated but supp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Signorello Seta Napa Valley 2011


    62% Semillon, 38% Sauvignon BlancPretty aromas greet the nose even if they are mostly oak driven notes of vanilla and caramel layered over a base of dried melon, cashew, beeswax and dried floral aromas that have hints of banana and white pepper adding complexity. Supple and open on the palate with a soft gentleness to the texture. the flavors mi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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