If you like Riesling…

Try Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 2006 Hunter Valley Semillon. Semillon is a grape variety often found in blends (with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and so on) and unfortunately, it tends to be overlooked on the wine list.

At the weekend I wanted to try something different to go with our fishy dinner of grilled prawns and oven-baked salmon. At £8.99 the Semillon isn’t a cheapy, but it’s definitely worth the price tag! With bracing acidity and pink grapefruit flavours, this Australian stunner is light in body and in alcohol (at 10.5%). It has ripe, tangy citrus flavours and subtle toasty undertones that have developed with bottle age. It instantly reminded me of the Tim Adams Clare Valley Riesling that I reviewed towards the end of last year.

We had baked the salmon in a foil parcel with cherry tomatoes and anchovies (have no fear – they melt down to nothing), and the salty flavours in the fish dish complemented the acidity of the Semillon perfectly.

The label on the bottle recommends that you try this wine with oysters… if only I was brave enough to try oysters!

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