Five Friends Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2017
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From one of the highest altitudes in Australia in a region called Orange, three and a half hours from Sydney, this SBS displays its cool-climate origins in the form of waxy citrus fruit, wool, white spice and dried green herbs. Medium in mouthfeel, the texture is soft and slippery and balanced by chalky acidity. This is an unique, restrained, food-friendly wine from a small, yet fascinating Aussie wine region.
The birthplace of Australian wine but also fast to embrace innovation, New South Wales is full of historic wine regions as well as some of the nation’s most contemporary producers. Along the entire western side of the Great Dividing Range, New South Wales includes the famous wine regions of Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Orange, Hilltops, Canberra and Riverina.
Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. Popularized in Bordeaux, the blend is often mimicked throughout the New World. Somm Secret—Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but they can be served before, during or after a meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage.