Let me introduce you to an old and reliable white grape variety. It’s called Semillon. It’s the one variety that seems to have been forgotten in the rush to get to Sav Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio onto wine lists, and behind Riesling and Chardonny in the popularity stakes. Even in these more contemporary times, it is being pushed back even further due to the likes of Rousanne, Fiano and Vermentino. When was the last time you saw a Semillon on a wine list? Winemakers and producers seem to be taking all of this on the chin because they continue to come up with some excellent examples like this one, even in their youth.
Fresh as anything can be when it’s virtually brand spanking new. This smells fresh, zippy, inviting and capable of brightening your day…seriously!
It’s no different when tasting it. It seems light yet provides some texture for a bit of complexity, it’s lemony and appley and peary too. I am fan of the slight tang of the grapefruit acidity on the finish that makes you thirsty for more. When you see ones like this hitting the bottleshop shelves, I can’t understand why people don’t drink more Semillon!
Region: Mudgee, NSW Price: $27 Source: Sample courtesy of Define Wine & Huntington Estate