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