Semillon, most widely known and grown in France and Australia. France in particular use it as a integral part of making White Bordeaux. and is the 3rd most planted grape variety in the country behind Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Bit of an acquired taste this with sharp tangy, lemon flavour along with an oiliness akin to some Rieslings. This particular Aussie bottle from Lindeman’s was part of a case I bought from Majestic a few years ago on special offer (WIGIG, When it’s gone it’s gone) promotion, working out at around £4.99 a bottle which as it turned out was great value.
Drank this on a warm summer evening along with a pot of steamed Mussels and chips. First impressions was this was fresh with a lively almost zesty flavour of freshly squeezed lemon and limes, which also shone through in the nose along with a touch of lanolin, even a waxy polish aroma. Initial taste was a mouth full of lemons with some sharp mouth watering crisp green apples. Next the oiliness even petrol notes hits you giving a creamy texture ending with a little smoke.
Lovely on a hot summers day/evening, if you need a bright palate cleansing wine then this will definitely hit the spot, drink it well chilled and this will make your eyes water, it’s bright, zesty, fresh and very drinkable and as it warms up it changes into a much more textured, oily and unusual drink, maybe not for everyone but I for one, loved it.
I’ve got a couple of bottles left which I will hold back for a while to see how it evolves, hopefully for the better.