Semillon is a versatile, high quality white grape capable of making a wide range of styles, from bone dry to lusciously sweet. Its starring role is as a key component of the luscious sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac from the Bordeaux region of France, where its thin skins make it susceptible to noble rot (botrytis), a vital element in the production of these thrilling, complex wines.

Vinified as a dry table wine it makes fresh white wines with tart, lemony flavours. With bottle age these commonly put on weight, developing appealing toasty and honeyed flavours. Outside Bordeaux it is grown in California, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia, where in the Hunter Valley region it makes unique, ageworthy white wines.

Made with this varietal: Ondine