Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape, that has become incredibly popular, with increased plantings in Australia over the last 10 years. It grows best in the cooler wine regions.

Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River, Orange in New South Wales and Tasmania are all regions which produce wonderful examples of Sauvignon Blanc. The coolest vintages have “grassy”, gooseberry characters, whereas, warmer vintages show more passionfruit flavour, but still with the trademark zingy acidity. In Margaret River, Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Semillon, this creates a perfect partnership and a fuller style of wine. In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand's trademark grape.

Sauvignon Blanc is an important white grape in France, especially Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux, where it is blended with Sémillon to produce Bordeaux Blancs and Cru Classé White Graves. Elsewhere in Bordeaux, it is also blended with Sémillon, to produce the amazing dessert wines of Sauternes. In the Loire Valley and particularly on the chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The wines produced are very different to New World equivalents, they tend to be less pungent, more restrained, mineral with smoky, gunflint notes.

After initial problems, it is now grown very successfully in Chile. The wines are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character.
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. Giesen 'Lighter In Alcohol' Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sourced from the picturesque Wairau Valley in Marlborough, the fruit is harvested early, which is then pressed to tank for fermentation. A controlled ferment with hand selected yeast ensures aroma and fruit character are retained. The ferment is stopped early ... Learn More
  2. Miles From Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    WINNER; Top Gold & Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Class 05 (Riverina Wine Awards 2020) Gold Medal (Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020) Gold Medal (International Wine Awards 2020) Gold Medal (China Wine and Spirits Awards 2020) Tropical fruit aromas with hints of melon and lime. There ... Learn More
  3. Pocketwatch Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    "Our winemakers have blended a number of parcels of night-harvested grapes from vineyards across the Central Ranges, New South Wales, and fermented the wine with cultured yeasts in stainless steel tanks, to create an appealing fresh, fruit-driven dry white wine." ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  4. Miles From Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    WINNER; Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. Tropical fruit aromas with hints of melon and lime. There are some delicate floral notes too. Ripe tropical fruits dominate the palate which is crisp and dry with ... Learn More
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  5. Kindred Spirits Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Made by Aussie winemaker Corey Ryan & ex Villa Maria winemaker Rod Macdonald. In September 2020, Rod was named on a who’s who list of top global winemakers – The Master Winemaker 100 – as compiled by reputable magazine the drinks business (UK). Rod ... Learn More
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  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Kopu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    The grapes for this wine came from two sites in the Awatere Valley and were machine-harvested at optimum ripeness to produce a medium-bodied wine with luscious tropical fruit, white peach, and a crisp green apple and lime finish. Taken from ... Learn More
  9. Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    A fairly vigorous fruit thinning was called for in 2019, with about 20% of the crop removed. The remaining fruit was picked early from Block 10 on the Napoleone vineyard, just before maturity. Pressed hard, then fermented warm on full solids in old ... Learn More
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  10. Tempest Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    The fruit sourced for this blend comes from a range of sites throughout Marlborough, harvested separately and treated individually at the winery before blending by taste to achieve the ideal fruit profile and balance. Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc matured in ... Learn More
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  11. 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
  12. Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly grown grass given complexity by river-stone and white ... Learn More
  13. Secret Deal Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Gold Medal– 2020 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge Pale, almost translucent colour. Tropical fruits on the nose (mango, grapefruit) with a lick of almond. Very bright, zippy yet also intensely perfumed aromatics on the palate. Very energetic finish of lime and citrus ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Max Crus
  14. Earth Mother Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Made by amazing winemaker Tom Hutchinson, this Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly ... Learn More
  15. Patritti Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    A vintage that will be remembered for its challenges but also for the quality of the wines that were produced. Crop levels were low, in some cases very low, as a result of extreme weather conditions early in the season. ... Learn More
  16. Pedestal Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Passionfruit, lime zest and cut grass with a lively acidity and long finish. ... Learn More
  17. 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
  18. 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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  19. 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
  20. Simao And Co Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Produced by the talented Simon Killeen, all effort is made to keep this wine as bright and fresh as possible. A small portion spends time in barrel prior to final blending in order to provide mid-palate succulence and depth. A ... Learn More
  21. Sc Pannell Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Expresses the regional and varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. Fragrant, complex and aromatic, the nose shows aromas of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white currant. This is more textural than most Sauvignon Blancs. The palate is balanced, crisp with lightness ... Learn More
  22. Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    For decades has been the benchmark in Australian SB. The style has remained fresh, aromatic, and pure. 2018 was a fantastic vintage for this wine. It is bright and aromatic with notes of grapefruit, nashi pear and nettles. On the palate ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  23. Sc Pannell Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Expresses the regional and varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. Fragrant, complex and aromatic, the nose shows aromas of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white currant. This is more textural than most Sauvignon Blancs. The palate is balanced, crisp with lightness ... Learn More
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  24. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of pure citrus flavours leaving a lengthy finish with refreshing, balanced acidity. Ideally enjoyed as a young wine, ... Learn More
  25. Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Shaw and Smith has firmly established itself as one of Australia's leading Sauvignon Blanc makers. The 2020 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc represents the 31st vintage of this wine, which is once again an exceptional Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. Offering lively ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  26. Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Shows distinctive Awatere characters of elderflower, guava, white currant, lemongrass and passion fruit coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime from Wairau components. The nose follows through to the palate - which is fine and soft ... Learn More
  27. Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Shaw and Smith has firmly established itself as one of Australia's leading Sauvignon Blanc makers. The 2019 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc represents the 30th vintage of this wine, which is once again an exceptional Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. Offering lively ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  28. Frogmore Creek Fumé Blanc 2017
    This Tasmanian delight is a tropical cocktail of flavours. An oaky style, it has sweet aromas of melon, pineapple and lifted herbs followed by candied lemon flavours. It’s well balanced, nutty and light with fantastic acidity and length. Try ... Learn More
  29. 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
  30. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Made by ex-Cloudy Bay winemakers, Dog Point is consistently one of the finest examples of Marlborough SB. Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of ... Learn More
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  31. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Sauvignon Blanc By Matt Thomson' 2019
    Made for United Cellars by New Zealand winemaking superstars Matt and Sophie Thomson. Matt was head winemaker at St Clair, but has made wines across all of New Zealand as well as in Chile, Italy, France, Spain, Romania and Hungary. ... Learn More
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  32. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Sauvignon Blanc By Matt Thomson' 2018
    Made for United Cellars by New Zealand winemaking superstars Matt and Sophie Thomson. Matt was head winemaker at St Clair, but has made wines across all of New Zealand as well as in Chile, Italy, France, Spain, Romania and Hungary. ... Learn More
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  33. Craggy Range 'Te Muna Road' Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    "We chase complexity in our Sauvignon... you can literally smell the meadow and taste the flintiness of the rock in these wines." Matt Stafford, Chief Winemaker Grown on the lower terrace at Te Muna Road, this wine shows a unique ... Learn More
  34. Craggy Range 'Te Muna Road' Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    "We chase complexity in our Sauvignon... you can literally smell the meadow and taste the flintiness of the rock in these wines." Matt Stafford, Chief Winemaker Grown on the lower terrace at Te Muna Road, this wine shows a unique ... Learn More
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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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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    Huon Hooke
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