1) How do you pronounce SEMILLON?
Aussies also pronounce it as SEM-eh-lon.
2) Where does it grow?
In Australia, Semillon is mostly planted in Margaret River WA,
Barossa SA, while the Hunter Valley has become centre stage among the international
wine writers for producing outstanding Semillon.
Jancis Robinson, echoing the British appreciation of Hunter semillon, writes in ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’: “In Australia’s Hunter Valley (semillon) is responsible for one of the most idiosyncratic and historic wine types exclusive to the New World.” And it “… is one of the unsung heroes of white wine production.”
3) Wine styles?
Botrytis Semillon is a wonderful sweet dessert wine and ideal with strong cheeses and citrus or cream based desserts.
Semillon is also known to be blended with Sauvignon Blanc. However, many Hunter Valley producers craft excellent styles of dry white wine when blended with other regional favourites such as Verdelho and Chardonnay.
4) Young vs aged?
When young 1-2 years, it is zesty and refreshing. Making it an ideal
5 ) What to eat with Semillon?
- Young and Zesty – Match fresh shucked oysters, peeled prawns, white fish, goats cheese and sushi.
- Aged Semillon – Richer flavours such as smoked trout, pasta or risotto, pork, chicken, creamy and vegetarian dishes.
- Off Dry – Spicy Thai or Vietnamese
- Dessert style – Blue cheese or stinky washed rind cheeses, sweets such as Crème Brûlée or try with a really hot curry!