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Fashioned with the savory, food friendly dry whites of Southern France in mind, Woodcutter’s Semillon is the ideal tonic after a long day in the vineyard

  • Color: Pale straw
  • Aroma: Lemon, toasted brioche, kaffir lime scents
  • Palate: Medium Bodied with long cleansing acidity

Variety: Semillon
Region: Barossa Valley
Winemaker: Torbreck
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.5%

Winemaker's Notes

With a pristine lemon hue, this medium bodied style offers delicate scents of lime and lemon, traces of bees wax, and toasted brioche. The pink skins of this robust, age-old ‘Madeira Clone’ flesh out the palate lending notes of roasted cashew and white melon. A small portion of this wine was matured in seasoned French oak to add complexity to the crisp spine of fine acidity that is retained from fermentation in stainless steel. Although beautifully enjoyable in its youth, this wine will continue to increase in complexity well into the next decade

John's Notes

Sometimes, the best laid plans …. As you can imagine, there are many days where I run right up to the wire to publish the day’s featured wine by 10am EST.  Today however, is the tightest by far.  It is now 9:30am (30 minutes until launch), and I just poured a glass to taste.  And contrary to popular belief, I usually don’t start “tasting” this early

Often blended with Sauvignon Blanc particularly in France, it’s easy to forget how enjoyable 100% Semillon can be. Medium intensity notes of lemon, lime rind, ginger, and a touch of cut grass elevate from the glass.  Bone dry on the palate, primary fruit notes of green apple, lemon, lime rind, and pineapple integrate seamlessly with the wine’s weighty body, medium acidity, and gentle waxiness culminating in a lengthy, enjoyable finish of cantaloupe, ginger, and a touch of baked biscuit.  Yum

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Torbreck Vintners

  • Torbreck Vinters was founded in 1994 by David Powell and is the name of a forest near Inverness, Scotland. You’ll find more than a passing nod to the Celts in our wine naming conventions including this tribute to the foresters of this rugged high country

Variety: 100% Semillon (Madeira Clone)

Region: Rowland Flat and Ebenezer sub-regions, Barossa Valley, South Australia


  • Well known for its fine wine production, the Barossa Valley has a warm, dry climate with limited rainfall.  In extreme years, drought can be a problem
  • After a cold and rainy winter in 2016, the Barossa had one of its wettest springs on record, replenishing sub-soil moisture and setting the vineyards up for a healthy summer. Mild conditions during veraison and light rains in January and February 2017 were followed by an extended warm, dry Indian summer, creating perfect ripening conditions through to April 2017. An outstanding vintage producing bright, aromatic whites and intense, well-structured reds


  • Semillon was one of the early white wine grape varieties planted in Barossa by the first settlers around 160 years ago, and the Mediterranean climate and careful farming has created a heritage of old, low yielding Semillon vineyards
  • With the use of an age-old, robust, pink-skinned Madeira clone, found mainly in the Barossa, the Woodcutter’s – Semillon is reminiscent of the savory white wines found in the central and southern regions of France
  • Harvested from March 6 – 17, 2017
  • Maturation: Racked to tank, with a portion transferred into seasoned French oak barriques, completing a long cool fermentation over 5 to 6 months in stainless steel tanks

Alcohol:  13.5%

Pairs With:  Chicken Alfredo, sushi, goat cheese salad with creamy dressing


Wine Enthusiast (90): This is a fruity but varietal Semillon sourced from old vines around the Barossa. Pineapple, fresh ginger and that waxy, wet wool character that Semillon wears so well leads on the nose. The variety’s oily texture also makes itself known on the palate, as well as some oak influence, but both are lifted by focused, bright acidity and a gingery finish. Delicate with flesh on its bones. Christina Pickard 4/1/2020

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