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Schild Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Picked and fermented separately, before being blended together immediately prior to bottling, this wine combines the depth of flavour and mouth feel of premium Barossa Semillon (51%) with the freshness and vibrancy of cool climate Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc (49%). The resulting wine is one of freshness and approachability whilst still retaining the varietal nuances of each its components.

Bright with pale green hues. Fresh cut grass and warm tropical fruits. Hints of tropical fruits, provide fresh vibrant primary fruit characters. The presence of well balanced acidity ensures a clean, fresh finish.\\ Fabulous Ladies Review

We’ve tried a lot of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (or SSB) lately, and I’ve got to say that all too frequently I’m disappointed. They’re regularly thrown at us because they’re so often created and marketed as a “ladies wine” (quotation marks intended). SSB’s are meant to be drunk young and fresh – but all too often they’ve been thrown together and raced to market with little thought for the actual wine drinker. The tragedy is that by combining the best elements of those two great whites there is so much potential for an SSB to be an amazing wine.

So I’ll admit to you now that I’m doing a little dance around the room in-between writing this (and I’m not alone – we’re all doing a little jig with a glass of this in hand!). At last! A Semillon Sauv Blanc I’m genuinely thrilled to drink! And at such an incredibly good price too. This cheeky 2011 offering from Schild Estate is light, fruity, unpretentious, oh-so-easy-to-drink, but rejoicingly dry with a refreshing little kick. There’s enough going on to make it interesting, but not too much to mean you need to think too hard about it (usually a good thing when you’re ready to have a good time and just enjoy a drink!). With the weather warming up and the party season starting, this is definitely an SSB blend you need to seek out and find. 4½ Stars; The Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society