Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tesco Finest Denman Vineyard Semillon 2006

Ah yes, the magic of Hunter Valley Semillion. I've heard it so many times - this special terrior, you can put this wine away for ages and it develops into a complex, nutty, magical brew that is utterly unique to this part of Australia.

I suppose to test this out I shouldn't be using a £7 wine from Tesco. But then again, maybe I should? This is, after all, a Tesco Finest wine. And it is from Hunter Valley, where Semillion grows and matures like no other place on earth.

I bought two bottle of this (it was on offer for £4.99). One I drank right away, and the other is getting the cellar treatment for as long as possible. So how was the one I drank right away (with 3 years bottle age)? It was - OK. I think Semillon is a bit of an acquired taste. It's nutty, limey and savoury. It's like a Fino Sherry almost - maybe not immediately likable but is intriguing and grown-up, and a good food wine.

Denman Vineyard Semillon 2006
Hunter Valley, Australia
£4.99 (£6.99)


  1. This is not a good example. There are many better ones. Try Tim Adams for example.

  2. Anon,

    I do actually have some Tim Adams:

    You're right, it is better, and despite my sarcasm in this post, I do appreciate this type of wine. It just seems that some wines ride the coat-tails of others....