Wills Domain Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Review

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Australia
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Spitting: Optional

Wills Domain Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Vintage: 2012

Style: Dry white

Country: Australia

Region: Margaret River


Overview: Winemaking is not all about what happens in the winery once the grapes come off the vines, winemaking starts in the vineyard. A winemaker needs good quality fruit to be able to make good wine. If the vintage is tough and the fruit is subpar then winemaking becomes more about fighting the ‘undesirable’ characters of fruit that has perhaps been harvested a bit early due to rain events or over-ripe fruit or affected by disease. So it is the viticulturist’s job to battle an impossible and fickle war with the forces of nature to bring to the winemaker the very best fruit they can grow. This is the case even more so in these modern styles of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends. Because these styles of wine are all about the fruit and have minimal winemaking intervention e.g oak, lees stirring etc. the winemaking is done in the vineyard to get the balance between tropical fruit flavours, herbaceous grassiness and acidity. Too often these simple blends are over-ripe and have lovely tropical characters but lack the grassiness and acid. There’s the flipside as well where they lack fruit and can be like drinking chilled battery acid. So big-ups (or whatever the kids are saying these days) to Wills Domain, this is a great example of getting the balance right.


Tasting note: Everything you expect from this style of wine on the nose, lime, cut grass and a touch of lychee these characters are directly duplicated on the palate with pristine citrus, a cleansing acidity with a nice phenolic grip.


Final Say: A great back veranda drink. You can pick it up for between $16-20, great value.


Score: 17 out of 20

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  1. idrinkforaliving says:

    Sounds like a nice take on a White Bordeaux. Always fun to hear wine reviews for Margaret River; this region is so up-and-coming.

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