Wonderful Mix of Freshness and Complexity
Salem Valley Estates Barossa Valley Semillon Chardonnay 2016
Region: Barossa, SA
Semillon was planted in the Barossa Valley back in the 1880s and until recently was a part of any growers mix of varieties.
The variety makes interesting wines in cool and warm climates and has a claim to be called the white variety of the Barossa Valley For a time in the 1980s and 1990s Semillon was in great demand and growers were encouraged to plant more as brands such as Peter Lehmann were selling huge quantities.
It was not to be a good move as the growth of vineyards in other cooler regions and the rise of Marlborough, New Zealand, say sales plummet and they will never recover. For this reason vineyards across the valley are replanting with red varieties which will have an endless future. Still the wines are very good indeed and being hard to sell means prices are low.
At Glug we always buy good wine when it is offered on favourable terms and to this excellent base Benjamin has added a wonderful complex, delicate Chardonnay and the two complement each other well.