Just as there are fashions in food, clothes, shoes and hairstyles, so there are fashions in wine as well. Some in the wine industry view Semillon as having all the curious appeal of ‘a garden gnome, or…jellied eels’ and others praise it’s versatility and ability to pair with foods we love, like seafood. Who to trust? Is Semillon really the ugly ducking some would have us believe?
If the name seems familiar, its probably because you’ve seen Semillon used to blend with Sauvignon Blanc in bright and cheery easy drinking wines readily available in most Australian bottle-o’s. More than just a curiousity, others see Hunter Valley Semillon as ‘Australia’s gift to the world’. Why so divisive? And ultimately, is it safe to punt your own money on a bottle or two?
This month’s SwirlSniffSpit tasting brings together a dozen expressions of Semillon, demonstrating its versatility and showing why it should be in your fridge this summer. Join us at Era on Tuesday 18 November and RSVP by replying on Twitter http://twitter.com/SwirlSniffSpit
Bracket 1 – Sparkling
St Agouant 1999 Brut Blanc de Blanc, Bordeaux @TheTruffleManOz
Bracket 2 – Young Semillon
Bracket 3 – South Burnet, Queensland
Bracket 4 – Aged Semillon
Bracket 5 – Off-Dry & Barrel Fermented
Juniper Estate Semillon 2009, Margaret River
Bracket 6 – Dessert Wines
SwirlSniffSpit is a free, guided and informal tasting held at Era Bistro on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information visit www.swirlsniffspit.com