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Semillon Wine Details

Description: Our 2004 “Semillon” is a blend of Viognier from the Kestrel vineyard and Semillon from the Rose Bud vineyard. The wine shows a great depth of varietal character in the nose, showing floral notes of pear and a hint of tobacco. The mouth is fresh and full. The 3.5% Viognier gives the wine a creamy texture, and the Semillon a strong varietal personality. What is wonderful about this wine is that it can be enjoyed with food due to its marked acidity, or enjoyed just by itself.

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.
The most acclaimed white wine grape from France's Rhône Valley, Viognier is a highly aromatic varietal, with a flavor profile that could include peach, apricot, nectarine, lichee, musk and flower blossom. The heady perfume of this varietal is one of its trademarks, although its flavors are sometimes problematic in matching with food. However, it does well with lobster, crab and moderately flavored fish. Use it as an apéritif as an alternative to Chardonnay. The "Rhône Rangers" in California have done an excellent job promoting this varietal.


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