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May 10, 2011


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I have a mad passion for the Semillons of the Hunter Valley; specifically, the ones picked for low alcohol (usually around 11-12%) and packed with acidity for long aging. There are plenty of options in terms of price and degree of tautness upon release, but my favorites are the McWilliams Mount Pleasant Lovedale and the Tyrell's Vat 1. Both of these wines served as inspiration for my own Forlorn Hope Nacré Semillon. The Hunter Valley also hosts a Semillon and seafood festival (http://www.huntersemillonandseafood.com.au/) which is, inconveniently for me, held during the northern hemisphere harvest so I've not yet been.
Go the Hunter!

Meg Houston Maker

Matthew, thanks so much for your comment. I'd not had a Hunter Valley Sémillon until this one, and am eager to try more. I'll look for those you mentioned. Cheers!

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