Semillon grapes are used to produce both sweet and dry white wines. The green skinned grapes are comparitively easy to cultivate and produce very high yields which ripen early. Although once possibly amongst the most widely grown of grape varieties it has become less important in the production of dry wines but remains a stalwart variety in Sauternes.
This is becoming a popular choice for producers in South Africa where it is known also as wyndruif or wine grape. It is known also for it's presense in some excellent soft dry wines particularly in Australia and New Zealand. Semillon wines can be a little on the "grassy" side when young but they have good ageing potential.
Top tip - Semillon is pronounced Seh-mee-yhon and not as it sounds. According to an article in the telgraph recently this is one of the top wine faux pas commited by us brits when ordering this wine - so be warned !
The Semillon grape has a little hidden fact in it's favour too. It can be affected in a very positive way by the "noble rot" which is a fungal growth that in the right circumstances can create semillon grape juices that produce wonderful, concentrated sweet wines. If however the grapes fall victim to the rot when unripe the results are disastrous - timing is everything !
Neil McGuigan and his multi-award-winning winery have taken this white Bordeaux grape, already established as a classic varietal in certain other parts of Australia, and used it to create a lighter, fresher, alternative Aussie white.
At Wineday we have over 50 Semillon wines for you to choose from as you read this - the wines available, as with all our varieties, do vary as the retailers add more to their catalogues so if you are a fan of this variety - do keep checking for new arrivals !
Semillion wines are produced as single variety wines but are also used as a blending variety so you will also find Semillon Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon blanc wines on these pages.
Although the variety's spiritual home is the south of France where it is a key component in white bordeaux, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Chile are all producing fantastic Semillon wines at present and you'll find some superb examples of wines from those regions here from our top notch retailers.
We have crisp, refreshing bottles from Majestic, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen and Your Favourite Wines to name several so you are spoilt for choice when you buy Semillon wine at WinedayUK. You'll also find great prices and excellent delivery times for the wine of your choosing and don't forget to let us know what you think of them via our review system.