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Semillon Wine Details
Price: $13.99 per bottle

Description: Aromas of pear, black fig and tropical fruit are backed up by herbal scents of fennel and toasted French oak. Flavors are dominated by the various fruit components with fresh, herbal characters in the background. The 2004 Semillon has a soft acidity and a rich lingering palate impression that create a wonderful compliment to fresh shellfish, seafood and poultry dishes of all sorts. Semillon has an outstanding capacity to age and the 2003 has the composition to go the distance.

Varietal Definition
A thin skinned grape producing wines of high extract and flavour but soft acidity. In France it combines with Sauvignon Blanc to make the white wines of Bordeaux, most notably the sweet dessert wines of Sauternes and Barsac. Its thin skin leaves it susceptible to the fungus botrytis* the much sought after 'noble rot' in these sweet wine regions. As a varietal it has fared best in Australia, notably the Hunter Valley, where it produces well-rounded wines with lots of tropical fruits and honeyed tones. Here too it is blended with Chardonnay and oak aged to give an added dimension.


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