Lindeman’s Bin 1355 Semillon

lindemans-semillonBought  a case of this very good Lindeman’s Hunter Valley Semillon 2013  from Majestic on their WIGIG (When its gone its gone) promotion for the bargain price of £4.99 a bottle, which in my opinion, turned out to be a bit of a steal.

I was alerted to this offer by a member of our wine forum who thought it was a decent drop for the price.

Would I have given Lindeman’s a second look in the past ? probably not but from the first sniff and sip I was totally sold.

I have enjoyed many Hunter Valley Semillon’s before especially the wonderful  McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 so this Lindeman’s had a lot to live up to.

In the glass it was a pale straw like colour with perhaps a slightly green hue, quite nice aroma of lemons, limes but with a pronounced whiff of petrol /oil even burnt rubber. I love this smell reminiscent of some Rieslings but it’s not for everyone and some people namely my wife found the petrol a step too far.

When taking my first sip this wine came to life with a hit of bracing mouth-watering fresh tasting acidity bursting with citrus fruits, namely lemons (think lemon curd) and limes again, which suggest that this Semillon will age for quite a while as in the excellent McWilliams mentioned above. The oily texture  was prominent which became more noticeable as the wine warmed up in the glass and if anything tasted the better for it, so I suggest not over chilling. The finish was not overly long but pleasant enough.

I’m definitely glad I picked up a case of this and I will drink them at various intervals seeing how it develops over time, if i gets anywhere near the quality of the McWilliams I’m on to a winner and at £4.99 what’s not to like.

8corks

My Rating 8/10 Corks

£4.99 at Majestic (WIGIG promotion)

 

McWilliam’s Mount Very pleasant

Mount Pleasant semillon

I’ve been singing the praises of Aldi wines in my last post but this time it’s a big round of applause for Tesco with this superb tasting 10-year-old Aussie Semillon currently selling at an unbelievable £5.99.

My only regret is that I didn’t try this earlier because unfortunately this wine will be unavailable soon, so I’ve been scouring the Tesco shelves buying up what I can at this brilliant price because ‘when it’s gone it’s gone’.

The wine in question is the McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 from the Hunter Valley, Australia.

Lovely deep golden colour, a little greenish with pronounced aromas of apples, limes and tangerines with a petrol oilyness not too dissimilar to Riesling.

On first taste it’s a little spritzy, dry, very fresh and acidic considering its age. A mouthful of apples and limes along with that wonderful waxy, oily aftertaste. Complex flavours that change as the wine warms up, buttered toast and nutty but still retaining the sharp citrus fruits.

Ten years old now but still fresh and probably still has a few more years left yet to mature. Cleared my local Tesco of what was on the shelf and now currently looking around to find more.

So if you see any in the Hertfordshire area, hands off, leave me a comment telling me where and I happily take it off their hands.

Seriously though, if you’re a fan of Semillon and you find a bottle treat yourself you won’t be disappointed.

8.5corks

 

My Rating 8.5/10 Corks

Tesco Currently £5.99 (until 6/10/2015)