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Are you looking for a white wine that’s zesty, full bodied and different? Semillon wine has distinctive and complex flavours and is an excellent choice for any occasion from a sit-down dinner to casual Friday night sipping.
What is Semillon?
Semillon is a golden-skinned grape that hails from Bordeaux and the surrounding wine regions. It’s also widely planted throughout California and Australia.
It’s a white wine that comes in both sweet and dry varieties and is known for its intense fruit flavours that range from mango and yellow peach to lime and grapefruit. Thanks to Semillon’s thin skin, low acid fruit and rich profile, it’s the main ingredient in the prized dessert wine Sauternes, but it makes an excellent varietal wine too.
Sweet Semillon wines and Semillon wine blends should be served chilled at around 10˚C. If the wine has been stored in the refrigerator, allowing it to breathe at room temperature for at least 15 minutes after opening will help release the wine’s complex aromas and flavours.
Semillon’s flavours can vary widely depending on whether it’s from a cooler climate like Bordeaux and Hunter Valley Australia, or a warm climate like California or Argentina.
Semillon from cooler regions has more acidity along with zesty lime and lemon flavours, while Semillon from warm regions is sweeter, has higher alcohol content and ripe fruit flavours ranging from mango to peach.
Food Matching Recommendations
Semillon wine is versatile and makes a good match for light seafood, sushi and chicken dishes, as well as bolder dishes like Indian or Thai curry and chicken satay.
If you’re planning a cheese platter, keep in mind that sweet Semillon wines will complement sharp cheeses like blue cheese and Roquefort, whereas varietal Semillon wines go well with milder cheeses like cheddar, Gouda, manchego and brie.