Posts Tagged ‘Semillon’

Tulloch ‘Hunter River White’ Semillon 2014Tull Sem

Style: Dry White

Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Tasting note: Restrained nose with gentle citrus notes. Elegant palate with nice, pure lime, some straw and persistent acidity. Desert dry, squeaky clean and fresh. Text book Semillon, just needs some time in the cellar.

Final Say: Throw it in a dark cupboard for 5-10 years. $25 a bottle.

Score: 18.5

Killerby Merchant Trader Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012Killerby Merchant Trader Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Style: Dry white

Region: Margaret River, WA

Tasting Note: A restrained nose of citrus. Lemon zest brings the palate to life with grassy undertones and good length.

Final Say: A great quaffer. $14.99 a bottle

Score: 15.5 out of 20

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Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon 2006

Vintage: 2006

Country: Australia

Region: Barossa Valley, SA


Overview: Has Semillon fallen from grace with modern drinkers? Perhaps, but in a way this variety being a bit more esoteric has done wonders for the style. Why? Because it means that every man and his vineyard aren’t planting row after row of Semillon as they do with popular varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz and leave it to the people who make Semillon best, e.g. Tyrrells, McWilliams/Mount Pleasant, Peter Lehmann etc. While Semillon is still popular in blends of Sauvignon Blanc in Australia they are typically simple wines, unlike the origins of the blend from Bordeaux, France which are great wines that are complex and great food wines. Semillon as a single variety is one of the wines that Australia should be proud of and while most Semillon comes from the Hunter we mustn’t forget that the Barossa can produce a hell of a Semillon.

The Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon has long been one of my favourite Australian wines and every time I put a bottle of this wine in the fridge I cannot wait to drink it.


Tasting note: A nose of straw and citrus, the palate is toasty with characters of straw, lime juice and a salty minerality. The acid helps this wine linger in the mouth and will help the wine cellar for a further 5-10 years. The ’06 is a touch riper then previous years but adds another element to this wine.  


Final Say: Nothing more to say, just buy it and drink it. It sells for around $24 and is released with six years age on it already, a nice headstart.

Score: 18.5 out of 20 (93 out of 100) Freakin’ awesome.