2012 McLaren Vale Semillon

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2012 McLaren Vale Semillon

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Region:  McLaren Vale

Variety:  Semillon

Tasting Notes:  A mild McLaren Vale summer provided excellent ripening conditions for the production of high quality white wines in the region and this Semillon is a great example.  Its appearance is bright with pale straw hues.  The nose is lifted and aromatic with hints of cut grass and straw, green apples, citrus and figs.  On the palate the wine is racy and refreshing.  Lemon and lime flavours provide a long dry finish.  

Drink:  This wine is ready to drink now but will  develop wonderful complexity with bottle age (up to 10 years).

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  • Alcohol - 12.8%/vol
  • pH - 3.13
  • Total acidity - 6.1 g/l
  • Available for delivery from November 2012

About Semillon

Semillon’s origins lie in Bordeaux, France, where it has been a dominant component of their much acclaimed and age worthy dry & sweet (Sauternes) white table wines.  It is the most planted white variety in South West France, as well as being planted in many southern hemisphere wine growing countries including South Africa, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. Semillon has traditionally been coupled with Sauvignon Blanc, the former providing weight and roundness to complement the aromatics and acidity of the later.  In the middle of last century, plantings of Semillon grew rapidly as growers took advantage of the vines ability to provide high yields at a time when commercial volumes of table wine where increasing at a dramatic rate. As a consequence, Semillon became the most widely planted white variety in the world before starting to decline towards the end of last century as consumer preferences began to change.

In Australia there are many regions growing Semillon, and hence there is a broad range of styles.  The most famous being the Hunter Valley, NSW where straight Semillon produces a wine that has achieved world acclaim for its aging potential.  In Margaret River, WA it is typically blended with Sauvignon Blanc to make their famous dry white blend, while in Griffith, NSW botrytis Semillon has achieved great notoriety. Other regions to produce high quality Semillon include South Australia’s Barossa, Eden and Clare Valleys.

Semprevino’s first release of this wine is the result of a wonderfully mild 2012 growing season, allowing for the production of high quality white wines in the McLaren Vale region. Our Semillon is aromatic with a good lick of acidity, making it a fantastic drink for the summer ahead, but with good aging potential. Given time, this wine will develop great complexity.