Wine review: McGuigan Classic Semillon Blanc 2012

McGuigan has consistently won many awards. Winemaker Neil  McGuigan  made history by being the  first person to be named world’s best  winemaker in three out of four years. John Torode has joined forces with McGuigan to create an exclusive recipe collection. I tried this wine with green curry barbecue chicken.

The small print:

South Eastern Australia – 12% abv – Grape: semillon – Buy: Tesco, Sainsbury –  Price: £7.99 – screwcap – 2012 – Tasted Feb 23 2014

Food matches

Veggies, Thai food, Mediterranean food, chicken with creamy sauce

What it says on the vin:

At McGuigan we are passionate about trying to evolve our wine styles to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. With this in mind I challenged my winemakers to create a new wine style based on the classic Australian variety Semillon. We wanted to retain the vibrant citrus characters, naturally low alcohol and great ageing potential of semillon whilst creating a modern approachable style.

Out of the 18 great wines there was one clear standout chosen; the result is a totally new style of Semillon with lifted aromatics, texture, elegance and length. The wine is fresh, crisp and packed full of tropical fruit. – Neil McGuigan

McGuigan Classic Semillon Blanc 2012
McGuigan Classic Semillon Blanc 2012

In my glass:

Pale lemon; creamy guava, lychee and lemon. Medium acidity which doesn’t overpower but allows the fresh tropical fruits to be at the fore. Lovely and juicy and freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice with freshly scrunched lemon geranium leaves.

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