A lovely, affordable Hunter Semillon


Very nice wine, this. Hunter Valley Semillon is a unique style of wine. Pale, fresh, light in youth, yet ages brilliantly. And it comes from a very warm wine region. A vinous paradox. This is a good one at a nice price, ready to drink now.

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Bottle-Aged Semillon 2006 Hunter Valley, Australia
10.5% alcohol. Made by McWilliams. This is a really impressive example of the unique Semillons from the Hunter Valley, which age beautifully in bottle. It has lovely intense lemony, nutty, toasty flavours with some honeysuckle floral notes and a bit of pithiness. Impressive and good value for money. 90/100 (£8.99 Sainsbury’s)

4 comments to A lovely, affordable Hunter Semillon

  • Angela Lloyd

    Kudos to Sainsburys for listing this wonderful, individual style. I do hope their endorsement encourages consumers to try it. Like riesling, the media bangs on about Hunter semillon but out in the market, their enthusiasm falls on deaf ears.

  • Hunter semillon may be a vinous paradox, but isn’t “affordable Hunter semillon” a vinous tautology?

  • Mark

    tautology, not here in Western Australia Mark.

    The same wine in my local merchant is about £15.

    They age beautifully….

  • Funnily enough, I picked a bottle off the shelf out of interest a couple of weeks ago. I went back last Sunday and bought more with the view on laying them down – I think it’s still growing into itself. At £9 (and a further 5% when you buy six), it’s a steal.

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