Sémillon, Hunter Valley

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.
Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.

Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Sémillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrrell's Wines) and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.

The famous Hunter valley Sémillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Sémillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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
  18. 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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  19. 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
  20. 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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  21. 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
  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. ONLINE TASTING PACK - VAT 1 VERTICAL WITH BRUCE TYRRELL THURSDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 6.30PM AEST

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a 3 bottle vertical of one of Australia's most collected white wines, Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon. Wines are to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 12 ... Learn More

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