- Excellent examples of single-varietal semillon are characterised by a fresh citrus palate and high acidity that translates to complex, buttery flavours with bottle-age. The climate of New South Wales's Hunter Valley was seemingly made for this grape, and produces the most standout styles of anywhere in the country. If you're new to the variety, start here. Compare bright, young styles alongside older, museum releases for a wine experience unlike any other – best paired with delicious seafood dishes.
2019 Margan White Label Fordwich Hill Semillon
Lemongrass and lime peel on the nose with a light palate full of fresh citrus. Vibrant acidity gives this wine line and length, paired perfectly with lobster rolls with radish and chives on soft brioche buns.
2013 Drayton’s Family Wines Susanne Semillon
Pale straw-green colour with fragrance of citrus leading onto flavours of citrus curd, beeswax and a hint of lanolin. Great length and a fresh finish; pair with seafood dishes such as smoked trout and Balmain bugs with burnt butter.
2016 Keith Tulloch Field Of Mars 2a Semillon
A beguiling intensity of citrus fruit, apricot pith and chalky salinity on the palate. Tightly coiled before unleashing a thrust of flavour and a parry of juicy acidity. Try with freshly shucked oysters or shellfish with a squeeze of lime.
2009 RidgeView Generations Reserve Semillon
Primary flavours of lemon and lime balanced with zesty acidity and intense grapefruit aromas. Hints of buttery characteristics from bottle-age coming through when aerated – perfect with both cold and hot seafood.
2011 Briar Ridge Dairy Hill Single Vineyard Museum Release Hunter Valley Semillon
Fresh buttered toast and lemon curd characters, citrus acidity with a crunchy slate-like finish. Delicious with fresh oysters or ceviche.
RRP $30 | 2040 | margan.com.au
RRP $60 | 2050 | draytonswines.com.au
RRP $50 | 2035 | keithtullochwine.com.au
RRP $80 | 2030 | ridgeview.com.au
RRP $80 | 2030 | briarridge.com.au
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
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