Solo Semillon

Semillon has woefully been something of a second-fiddle grape—usually the supporting actress rather than the leading lady. The varietal is commonly a blending partner in the popular Sem-Sav—Semillon blended with Sauvignon Blanc—and Sem-Chard—Semillon blended with Chardonnay—wines which are so popular. However, this under-appreciated golden-skinned grape has star qualities of its own:

These wines are immensely rich yet dry and can last for decades, taking on an extraordinary depth, density and lanolin smoothness with wonderfully lemony acidity, with age.

~ Jancis Robinson

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Canadian Bartier Bros. winery in BC is giving Semillon the spotlight. Not a noble blend; just the singular grape. It’s intriguing and delicious.

Aromas of Meyer lemons and blood orange are intense on this wine.  These continue as flavours on a full-bodied palate, which is bright with refreshing acidity.  All of the above continue through a long, crisp finish with an added sesame flavour.  Very versatile for food, try it with satay, sushi, ginger, grilled white fish, and charcuterie to name a few.

~ Bartier Bros. Tasting Notes/ Semillon 2014

 

Cerqueira Vineyard expresses the quintessential Okanagan terroir:

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From vine to glass, it’s a beautiful solo.

BARTIER BROS. SEMILLON: Available in private wine stores, from the winery online; and at Cascadia and New District.

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