Si Vintners Chinchecle Semillon 2011, a wonderful wine from Margaret River

si vintners semillon chinchecle

Si vintners consists of Iwo Jakimowicz and Sarah Morris, and they have 20 acres of mature vines in Margaret River. They work naturally in both the vineyard and winery, with organics/biodynamics in the former and an additive-free approach in the latter – with just a little sulfur dioxide added at bottling. This Semillon comes from 34 year old vines and is fermented in concrete eggs, where it remains for two years under a natural flor. It’s remarkable!

Si Vintners Chinchechle Semillon 2011 Margaret River, Australia
Full yellow/gold colour. Amazing nose of matchstick, minerals and lime oil. Really vivid and lively. The palate is tangy, mineral and bright with some rich grape and melon notes under the zippy lime characters. High acidity keeps things very fresh. Pure, complex and detailed, this is essence of Semillon. It’s sensationally good. 94/100 (UK agent Les Caves de Pyrene)

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5 comments to Si Vintners Chinchecle Semillon 2011, a wonderful wine from Margaret River

  • keith prothero

    Have not tried this wine but have tasted, many Aussie semillon and the better ones need years to be anywhere near their best. Do you think this will improve over time ?

  • Doug

    This is different in style to the traditional Hunter Valley Semillons which tend to ripen quickly on sandy soils and are bottled with naturally high acidity and low alcohol. The wines are typically green in their youth and slowly develop their secondary beeswaxy veneer in bottle after 7-10 years. Chinchecle is from very low yielding biodynamically-grown vines on bony gravel soils and then stays on the lees for an extra year to give a wine with greater initial concentration and mineral purity (and some ageing potential). It would be fascinatng to taste this wine in 10 years (note to self).

  • keith prothero

    Thanks Doug—-guess I will have to try a bottle

  • Hi Doug!

    Just curious. Do you use wine decanters or wine aerators or do you just think that they are useless

  • We have just listed this wine in our stores. It’s in the oenomatics, and I tasted it today and it is everything you guys say of it and more. Probably the most interesting, out of the ordinary wine I’ve had this year. It will develop, for sure, but thanks to that flor it’s already offering great complexity and development.

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