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Winner Details

New World: Semillon & Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 

2017 Gold: 1 Silver: 4 Bronze: 0 Commended: 6
2016 Gold: 1 Silver: 1 Bronze: 1 Commended: 2


The Sem/Sauv category has often been one of the quieter ones in the Sommelier Wine Awards, so we weren’t too surprised with the low level of entries here. Saddened, but not surprised. What did take us aback, though, was that 60% of our medals went not to Australia, but to the Cape. How will the Aussies react to having Saffer tanks parked on their lawn?


‘When they are Semillon dominated, if they’re released too early they don’t show that toastiness and that lanolin that you expect from good Semillon.’ Olivier Marie, team leader

‘Overall the quality was good. I can see these wines with pork dishes, lighter dishes, fish, seafood and cold starters.’ Antonio Cuadros, The Don Restaurant

Award winners

Found 11 wines

New World: Semillon & Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Spier, Creative Block 2, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Gold medal winner

‘Lots of zing!’ said Caroline Catering’s Richard Brooks as this Sauvignon-Semillon blend was led to the Gold podium. Antonio Cuadros of The Don Restaurant found it ‘very fruity, with peachy strawberry flavours but a nice leesy quality to it, too’, while Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia highlighted its ‘cool fermentation, pear drops and light spritz’. Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin, meanwhile, found it both ‘floral and crisp’, with team leader Simon Woods praising its ‘gentle pear and spicy notes’.

£11.47 Bibendum

Nitída, Coronata Integration 2014, Durbanville, South Africa

Silver medal winner

‘Well made with some good ripe fruit character, notes of fresh fig and saline minerality,’ said consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, with team leader Olivier Marie finding ‘nice toasty character, simple style with a savoury, oyster shell and crushed rock finish’.

£8.99 Frederic Robinson

Peccavi, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

An approachable, good all-purpose white, our panel said, with Antonio Cuadros of The Don Restaurant finding it ‘fruity, elegant and well balanced, with a smoky character and touches of oak’, and Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia enjoying its ‘clean and fresh nose and pleasantly refreshing palate’.

£15.05 Genesis Wines

Steenberg, Magna Carta, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2012, Constantia, South Africa

Silver medal winner

A light-fruited style, easy to drink with some waxy lanolin character. ‘Yellow plum fruit with a slightly oxidative note, greener hints of tinned peas and a smokiness on the dry finish,’ said consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates.

£24.42 Bibendum

Peter Lehmann, Margaret, Barossa, Semillon 2010, South Australia, Australia

Silver medal winner

‘This is warming, with oily lime peel, a lovely textural palate and nice length,’ began Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot, with consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates adding: ‘Lanolin, petrol and a waxy finish, textured and good.’

£11.38 Liberty Wines

West Cape Howe, Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Western Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner

Benguela Cove, Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Walker Bay, South Africa

Commended medal winner

Boutinot, Aquifer, Semillon 2015, Swartland, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£8.46 Boutinot

Steenberg, Semillon 2013, Constantia, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£16.04 Bibendum

Matias Riccitelli, Old Vines From Patagonia, Semillon 2015, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

Ravenswood Lane, Sauvignon/Semillon 2014, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Commended medal winner


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