Aged semillon is one of my favourite things. Growing up and living in Sydney my entire life – except for the most recent 2 years – I was within striking distance of arguably the home of Australian semillon, the Hunter Valley.
Many a trip was made to kings of semillon like Tyrells and Mt Pleasant. Young and zingy with citrus, semillon is perfect for our hot Aussie summers on the beach with seafood.
On the flip side, with the benefit of age, semillon transforms. Rich, golden colour, and despite never seeing oak, delicious vanilla and marmalade flavours with hints of cedar.
I can’t get enough of the stuff!
It is a remarkably good value drop as well, as it is yet to become “cool” or “fashionable” amongst other than winemakers or Hunter Valley aficionados.
Other regions in Australia also try their hand at semillon, with excellent examples in all the other major wine growing states.
Such as this one, by the Barossa Valley’s Rockford Wines.
Well Looky Here
Rich, bright, golden yellow.
Fresh apricot, orange blossom, a sweet note of vanilla, but also nice freshness.
Mouth coating, unctuous but still with a tongue tingle of fresh acid.
Apricot jam with a squirt of lemon.
Nice burnt toffee note.
Lasting marmalade flavour.
Sold out. Current Vintage is 2012, available at Rockford Wines for $21.50.
What is your favourite semillon? Comment below!