Semillon is a white grape, native to the Bordeaux wine region of France, used to create a variety of both dry and sweet wines. It was once one of the most widely planted grapes throughout the world. However today it is less popular.
Where did Semillon originate?
The history of the Semillon grape begins in France where it was a native species with a natural immunity to many vine diseases which made it easy to grow. Today, it is more selectively grown and is useful as it ripens early in warmer climates such as the Barossa and Hunter Valleys..
Is Semillon a dry or sweet wine?
Many Australian wine drinkers will likely attribute Semillon to very sweet wines although it is also capable of delivering incredibly crisp wines. In order for the Semillon grape to produce a sweet style, it must first succumb to a disease known as botrytis or noble rot. For a particularly sweet style of Semillon, the vintner will go through their harvest and deliberately choose only grapes affected by rot. However Semillon also has an ability to age very well if made into a dry style, as seen in the Hunter Valley.
What does Semillon taste like?
Young Semillon without botrytis has a light body, high acidity and citrus notes which can make it wonderful as an early drinking styles. What makes these wines really special is their ageing capability - with time they can develop depth and richness with notes of hazelnut, honey, fig and toast.
What is a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc?
Not only is Semillon capable of standing firmly on its own, it is often blended in white wines to develop depth and complexity. In Margaret River and Bordeaux, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, affectionately known as Sem Sav, has received particular attention thanks to its rich tropical fruit aromas occasionally lifted by nutty oak.
What foods pair well with Semillon?
As a versatile variety, you will need to know whether it is dry or sweet in style to pick the right dish. For a sweeter Semillon style pair with soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert and blues. Dryer Semillon works particularly well with seafood, chicken dishes with creamy sauces or sushi.
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