Semillon has never quite caught the consumer’s imagination.
It’s similar to sauvignon blanc but has less acidity and generally produces a fuller style. In its south-west France home the two are often blended and Le Berent 2014, Graves (£9 Sainsbury’s) is a nice introduction. Fresh with citrus, peach & orange blossom followed by a zesty, mouth-watering palate. Just needs a simple salad to accompany it.
Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013, Margaret River (£9.99 Waitrose) is a step up and one of my favourite summer wines. There is more depth here with a little oak in the background. There are notes of green herbs, apple, grass and lime followed by racy, citrus acidity with a lovely texture. Try with pan-fried scallops.
Top Tipple this week is Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Cellar Aged Semillon 2007, Hunter Valley (slurp.co.uk £14.95) – semillon in its purest form and one of Australia’s most famous wines. It’s not often you taste a white wine that’s already eight years old when released.