According to Wikipedia, “Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, most notably in France and Australia”.
Usually, I pick up the relatively affordable Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay when I arrive at the Mumbai International Airport. I had earlier written about this very good wine which beats all Indian whites hands down any day, and comes at an outstanding price of USD 9.50 per bottle when you purchase two of them, duty-free. If you purchase just one then it would cost USD 11 apiece.
Last weekend, I debated for a couple of minutes before picking up the Jacob’s Creek Semillon Chardonnay at the same price. While I have seen the word semillon before in wine shops before, I have never ventured to pick up a bottle. But this time I thought, why not try, it is from Jacob’s Creek and should be fine.
My hope was not misplaced.
The blend of semillon and chardonnay apparently produces an easily drinkable wine. My wife actually liked this blended wine more than the regular chardonnay. The Jacob’s Creek Semillon Chardonnay is a bright yellow wine (with greenish tinge), with an aroma of citrus fruit delivering a strong acidity. The wine drinks well and has a fairly long finish. It is surely enjoyable on its own, which is the way I like it with white wines. Today, we had roasted papads dressed with mint, coriander, tomatoes and onions, along with this wine and the combination was great. I am not a pairing expert, but am sure that pastas and salads would also work well with this wine.
So, here is another find from Australia. The issue is that you can bring in only two bottles at that price ! Try buying it after duty is paid and one would be poorer by three times that price !!
Enjoy your select wines !
7th April 2012