Category Archives: semillon

Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2006

Tyrrell’s Wines, Vat 1, Hunter Semillon, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, 2006 Hunter Valley semillon does not see oak, rather, with time in bottle, it can develop a certain toastiness, adding a further dimension to a wine’s complexity. This wine: varietal … Continue reading

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Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2000

Tyrrell’s Wines, Vat 1, Hunter Semillon, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, 2000 Hunter Valley semillon does not see oak, rather, with time in bottle, it can develop a certain toastiness, adding a further dimension to a wine’s complexity. This wine: varietal … Continue reading

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Hermits Botrytis Semillon 2011

De Bortoli, Hermits Hill Botrytis Semillon, Riverina, New South Wales, Australia, 2011 This wine: varietal semillon, screw cap closure, 10.5% abv, widely available, 375ml, £9 (2016) Consumer tasting note: a good botrytised nose of thick orange marmalade, super-ripe yellow peach and … Continue reading

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Hermits Botrytis Semillon 2009

De Bortoli, Hermits Hill, Botrytis semillon, Riverina, NSW, Australia, 2009 Varietal semillon, created from grapes affected by noble rot (botrytis cinerea), increasing wine viscosity and so body, sweetness and complexity; natural cork closure, 11% abv, 375ml, £9, M&S WSET style tasting note … Continue reading

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Blanc de Valandraud No2 Bordeaux 2007

Blanc de Valandraud N°2, AOC/AOP Bordeaux, 2007 Château de Valandraud is not a building, rather a made up name for one of the first St.Emilion garagiste wines, owned by Jean-Luc and Murielle Thunevin.  It is made up of small plots, with the first … Continue reading

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Ricaud Entre-Deux-Mers 2011

Domaine de Ricaud, AOC Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France 2011 Grown on argilo-calcaire (clay-limestone) soil.  Mainly a 60:40 sauvignon:semillon blend,  with a splash of muscadelle.  Vinified in epoxy-coated concrete vats, with a short pre-fermentation temperature-controlled maceration on the skins. The wine is … Continue reading

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Pooles Rock Semillon 2005

Pooles Rock, Hunter Valley Semillon, New South Wales, Australia, 2005 The Hunter Valley has a special climate – warm yet cloudy, so the grapes attain flavour ripeness from a long hang time, but reach only a modest alcohol level.  Fermented … Continue reading

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