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video review: wine of the week

25th May 2014


Chalkers Crossing, Semillon 2010, Australia
Semillon may lack the public stature of Australian Shiraz or Chardonnay, but it is a real insiders wine, beautifully light and fresh and yet capable of a decade's ageing or more. This from New South Wales has a nose of lemon meringue pie or lemon peel - its not about sharp citrus, but something rounder, waxier and with more cream and weight. Barrel fermented and aged, it betrays almost no oak in the aroma, and on the palate just a gentle underpinning of honey and oatmeal to that wonderful fat lemony fruit. This has only 12.5% alcohol, but will develop with cellaring in a typically toasty direction. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. £12.75-£13.75, winepalate, exel wines, and see all stockists on wine-searcher.

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