Sémillon is a white wine grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape was widely planted in the Médoc subregion during the 18th century. Sémillon was the dominant grape variety in white Bordeaux wines until the early 20th century when it was replaced by Sauvignon Blanc. The grape is now widely planed in Australia including in New South Wales, the Riverina and McLaren Vale.
Sémillon wines are typically full-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. The wine has subtle flavours of lemon and honey, with a hint of grassiness. Sémillon wines are known for their ability to age gracefully. When aged in oak barrels, the wine develops complex aromas and flavours of toast, nuts and honey. The variety is often used in blends, but can also produce outstanding single varietal wines.
Sémillon grapes are medium-sized with a greenish-yellow colour. The skin of the grape is thin and delicate, making it susceptible to damage from pests and diseases. Sémillon is a late ripening variety, which means that it takes longer to reach maturity than other grape varieties. This can make the grape difficult to grow in cooler climates.
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