Cognac, Sémillon

Cognac is named after the town of Cognac in France and is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name. Ugni Blanc, which is known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most commonly used grape to produce Cognac. The region is divided in to six zones, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bordeies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and lastly Bois Ordinaire, not to be confused with Champagne, the premier sparkling wine region in north east France.

Strict guidelines must be followed for a distilled brandy to be legally labelled as a Cognac by the Appellation d’origine contrôlée. Only specific grapes are allowed to be used, of which Ugni Blanc is the most common. The brandy must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged for a minimum of 24 months in French oak barrels from Limousis or Tronçais.

Blending is very common in Cognacs, and the age is derived from the age of the youngest grapes used in the blend. Cognacs develop and age in a similar way to Scotch Whiskies, though most Cognacs can age much longer than the legal requirement due to the time spent in the French oak barrels.
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Semillon is widely grown in Australia. And like Riesling is one of the very best grapes for demonstrating the different characters emerging from Australia's varied wine regions. There are many different styles produced, however, the Hunter Valley is by far the most famous. Semillon from the Hunter Valley is lean, pale wine with citrus, grapefruit and flintiness in its flavour. With a few years bottle age it turns into a honeyed, nutty, classic wine. The Barossa Valley tends to be the most luscious, often with oak age, it has aromas of peaches and mangoes. Margaret River’s versions are a fine balance between these two styles, and they age well too. It is most often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the regions famous blends.

In France, it is the main grape for Sauternes. Elsewhere in Bordeaux it is the most widely planted white grape and is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the dry whites of Graves. In Bordeaux, where it can be aged in oak, it produces wines that are high in alcohol and extract, but relatively low in aroma and acidity. Its thin skin makes it very susceptible to botrytis which is prerequisite for the making of Sauternes.
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  1. De Iuliis Estate Semillon 2021
    The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing some of the best Semillon in the world. This wine displays fresh, lifted citrus characters, a light palate, and crisp, zesty acids. It’s the perfect match for seafood or any delicately flavoured ... Learn More
  2. De Iuliis Estate Semillon 2020
    The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing some of the best Semillon in the world. This wine displays fresh, lifted citrus characters, a light palate, and crisp, zesty acids. It’s the perfect match for seafood or any delicately flavoured ... Learn More
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  3. Allegiance Wines Sweet Betty Botrytis Semillon 2018 375mL
    Gold Medal (94 points) – Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2020 Pure, bright gold. Honeyed accents, candied apricot, peach and tangerine and heady floral presence on the nose. Youthful, mouth-coating, savoury palate which is clean yet juicy and mouth-watering. Plump, fleshy feel with well-established ... Learn More
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  4. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon 2021
    The nose is clean with a hint of lemon richness. The palate continues with fresh citrus and concentrated grapefruit flavours. The finish is pleasing with a balance of fruit and soft acid. Excellent drinking upon release and will develop in ... Learn More
  5. De Iuliis Late Picked Sem 500ml 2019
    The De Iuliis Semillon white wines are known for being amongst the best Semillons on offer in the Hunter Valley. This irresistible luscious dessert wine has concentrated flavours of honey / marmalade, dried apricots and peaches. Its silky mouth feel, light ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  6. Andrew Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2020
    Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of ... Learn More
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  7. Andrew Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2019
    Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of ... Learn More
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  8. Elderton Golden Semillon 2020 (375ml)
    Elderton was founded by Neil and Lorraine Ashmead in 1982, and is now run by their sons, Allister and Cameron. Elderton has a proud history of producing great dessert wines and we are extremely excited to now continue this journey with ... Learn More
  9. Silkman Semillon 2017
    A modern style of Hunter valley Semillon. Abundant in flavours while still delivering a wine that is poised and long. Fragrant, lifted and minerally with lemongrass, lemon zest and fresh hay. Light, dry and intense with lemony fruit depth and ... Learn More
  10. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon 2021
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
  11. Tyrrells Aged Release Semillon 2015
    One of the best Semillon producers in the world. Tyrrell's is one of the first families of Australian Wine ... Learn More
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  12. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon 2019
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
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  13. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon 2018
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
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  14. Tyrrell's HVD Semillon 2015
    The HVD Semillon is made from a select parcel of fruit planted on the old Hunter Valley Distillery site in 1908. These old vines produce luxurious Semillon with a richness and softness that is unique to the site. It's a wine ... Learn More
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  15. Tyrrell'S Belford Semillon 2015
    2015 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. The Belford vineyard, planted in 1933, is located 10km northwest of the winery. Furthest vineyard from the Brokenback Range and has the most broken down sandy loam soil, consistency similar to that of ... Learn More
  16. Tyrrell'S Stevens Semillon 2016
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from Neil Stevens’ Glenoak vineyard, a combination of light sandy loams and transitional darker, heavier clay soils. Oldest plantings on this vineyard are from 1911. Fermentation in stainless steel at cool temperatures ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  17. Moss Wood Semillon 2018
    An absolutely classic Semillon combination of green apples and figs but with the added complexity of stewed pears and cinnamon. As always, there’s a touch of earthiness suggesting barrel aging but this is definitely not the case. In the ... Learn More
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  18. Tyrrell'S Hvd Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from the ‘Sign Post’ block which was planted in 1908. The vineyard has light, sandy and well-draining soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. After fermentation the wine spent a ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  19. Tyrrell'S Belford Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. The Belford vineyard, planted in 1933, is located 10km northwest of the winery. Furthest vineyard from the Brokenback Range and has the most broken down sandy loam soil, consistency similar to that of ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  20. Tyrrell'S Stevens Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from Neil Stevens’ Glenoak vineyard, a combination of light sandy loams and transitional darker, heavier clay soils. Oldest plantings on this vineyard are from 1911. Fermentation in stainless steel at cool temperatures ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  21. Cirillo Ancestor Vine Semillon 2016
    The Cirillo Semillon is harvested entirely of a single vineyard in the Light Pass region in the Barossa Valley believed to be the oldest Semillon vineyard in the world. The fruit is hand-picked and basket-pressed. The wine is then tank ... Learn More
  22. De Iuliis Aged Semillon 2013
    Fresh and lively in its youth, this excellent 2013 vintage Semillon has developed beeswax and honey characters with age in the bottle. An incredibly complex wine with a fresh citrus palate. Only 250 dozen have been carefully cellared in a temperature-controlled environment. ... Learn More
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  23. Tyrrells Belford Semillon 2014
    One of the best Semillon producers in the world. Tyrrell's is one of the first families of Australian Wine ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  24. Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Botrytis Semillon 2018 (375ml)
    This technique produces a very complex aromatic array of dried apricots, figs and pears with unusual background characters like raisins, earth and aspirin. The palate is rich, full bodied and luscious with considerable sweetness balanced by fresh acidity and very ... Learn More
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  25. Yarra Yering Dry White No. 1 2019
    WINNER; Winery of the Year, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards. A white blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Chardonnay. Fruit for this wine was sourced from a dry grown block south of Underhill Vineyard, slightly higher in elevation. A Bordeaux inspired white blend ... Learn More
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  26. Yarra Yering Dry White No. 1 2018
    A white blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Chardonnay. Fruit for this wine was sourced from adry grown block south of Underhill Vineyard, slightly higher in elevation. A Bordeaux inspired white blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Chardonnay. Cellaring: Has sufficient generosity & texture to ... Learn More
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  27. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon Cellar Reserve 2014
    The wine will mellow and flesh out well with lemon curd and toast characters, yet the faint core of tight acidity will keep the wine refreshing to drink ... Learn More
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  28. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon Cellar Reserve 2013
    The Braemore vineyard is one of the finest plots of Semillon in the Hunter Valley. ... Learn More
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  29. Mount Pleasant 'Lovedale' Semillon 2014
    Accolades and Awards: TROPHY: 2020 Royal Adelaide Wine Show – Best Semillon in Show GOLD: 2020 Royal Adelaide Wine Show The site of the Lovedale Vineyard was selected in 1939 by the late Maurice O’Shea. The vineyard was planted after World War II ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  30. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2015
    Vat 1 Semillon only ever comes from our best old vine, dry grown vineyards. These blocks feature ideal sandy, free draining soils that give these wines their unique character. The oldest of these blocks was planted in 1923. Hand picked in the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  31. Chateau Doisy Daene 2011
    Viscous green plum, green almond, quince, pineapple, fig and pear notes blend together on the nose. The long, toasted almond and ginger-filled finish has terrific depth. Scored 95-98 from Wine Spectator ... Learn More
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  32. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2008
    After a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent a minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled to maintain its freshness. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  33. Dudognon Napolean - 15Years
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  34. Tyrrell's 'Vat 1' Semillon 2009
    The Vat 1 Semillon was taken from two of the best old blocks of Semillon. The Short Flat was planted in 1923 and Debeyers planted in 1968 ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  35. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2005
    An iconic Australian wine from what is a classic vintage for Hunter Valley semillon. Showing a tightly structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. This wine is only just beginning to evolve and show a hint ... Learn More
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  36. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2011
    A late spring which lead into cooler conditions throughout November and early December with some rain. This lead up left us with above average crop levels which ripened well with the warmer weather in January. Picking began one week later ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Tyson Stelzer
  37. Bin Ends Box- Clear out the Cellar BOX 5 Whites

    We need to clear some space in the warehouse! As the Christmas rush approaches we are needing to make room and there are a few Bin End wines that need to find a good home! Nothing wrong with the ... Learn More

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  38. Tesseron Cognac Lot No. 90 Xo Ovation 'Selection'
    Made from the finest terroirs in Cognac –Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois – Lot n°90's unique character comes from long ageing in oak barrels, which adds richness and complexity. Aromas of very fresh pear & quince notes ... Learn More
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