Semillon Wine - Grape Varieties

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Not often regarded as a single-grape variety, Semillon is most often blended, particularly with Sauvignon Blanc and to a lesser extent with Chardonnay. Semillon helps to produce the great sweet wines of Bordeaux, a key ingredient in the making of Sauternes and White Graves.

Ripening earlier than most other varieties it is susceptible to noble rot, which can be a disaster on damaged or unripe grapes, or worked to its advantage by softening the skin and concentrating the sugar.
Semillon produces full flavoured aromatic wines, particularly good with oily fish such as Tuna, Swordfish, Sardines and Mackerel or with Chicken and Caesar Salad. Semillon has been planted across the globe but enjoys its greatest success in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia. Below are examples of Australia’s best Semillon producers.

Recommended Producers

Rothbury Estate
Tim Adams
Peter Lehmann

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