These wines are characterised by their intensely sweet, rich, full-bodied, and low to moderately acidic style, with prominent flavours of baking spice, marmalade, honey, sweet apricot, lemon curd, and tropical fruits resonating strongly.
Bottles of Sauternes are also some of the most age worthy types of wine produced anywhere in the world, with it being possible for them to be cellared for more than several decades.
Apart from being used to craft exquisitely sweet dessert wines, it is also possible to find sémillon being used to create decidedly more dry, light to medium bodied, and moderately acidic styles of standard white wine.
Due to the cooler climate of the region, bottles of sémillon produced in the areas of the Bordeaux can be left unaged, resulting in wines with more moderate levels of acidity and bristling with zestier flavours of grapefruit, citrus, and crisp pear and apple, or they can be aged for some time prior to bottling, softening the levels of acidity and adding additional layers of flavour such as butter, cream, and toasted nut to the final product.
To explore more about how the grape varietal is used in the production of premium wines in the Bordeaux region be sure to visit this site, where you can investigate further.
Sémillon in Australia
The sémillon grape varietal has existed within Australia since at least the early to mid 19th century, meaning winemakers in many of the famous warm and cool climate areas of the country have had their hand in producing sémillon-based wines for almost two centuries.
In the warmer climates of Australia, particularly within the Barossa Valley region, it is used to produce slightly more expressive styles of dry to delicately sweet white wines that are known for their overt tropical fruit flavours and soft levels of acidity.
They can also be aged in oak for some time prior to bottling when coming from these areas, creating wines with a delicately sweet flavour profile and enhanced body.
In the cooler climate regions, however, such as is the case in the Hunter Valley, it is known for its slightly higher levels of acidity, lighter body, and prominent flavours of zippy citrus and grapefruit, where it is often left unaged in oak and as a standalone varietal, to showcase these highly refreshing characteristics.
To discover more about the grape varietal and its history within Australia visit this page, where further details on its origins and tastes can be found.
Hunter Valley Sémillon
The cool climate winemakers in the Hunter Valley region, which lies in the central-eastern area of the state of New South Wales, have been producing excellent bottles of sémillon wine for decades.