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You have to wonder whether the Chinese obsession with red wines has been the reason why their production has soared while that of white wines has been becalmed. It certainly has nothing to do with the quality of the wines, nor their value for money, even if riesling, semillon and marsanne deserve far wider interest. It is these two that have thrown off the shackles of cork, opening up guaranteed 20- 30-year life spans for the better examples. Chardonnay, too, has been given a longer future, even if it doesn’t transform itself in quite the same way as the fragrant unwooded wines.
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Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Hay Shed Hill Wines
Shaw + Smith
Snake + Herring
South West Australia Zone
Stella Bella Wines
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The winner of six Gold Medals, this is Chardonnay that is as fine as it is rare (having only been made to the tune of 250 dozen).
‘… a twin to the Xanadu Reserve, sharing far more things in common than points of difference, this slightly finer and more open… and to force the issue, this wine is readier than the Reserve.’
94 Points, James Halliday
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