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Tim Adams Semillon 2012

Semillon from Clare Valley, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    This aromatic Semillon has great balance and generous flavor typical of this variety grown in the Clare Valley. Fermentation in new French oak has added complexity to the grassy and stone fruit characters of the Semillon. It has diverse food compatibility - in particular with seafood and pasta and may be cellared for a decade with confidence. This wine has been sealed under screw cap to retain its freshness and authenticity.

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    Tim Adams, Clare Valley, Australia
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    The Tim Adams winery is located 130 kilometres north of Adelaide in the beautiful Clare Valley, South Australia. From 1985 when just 10 tonnes of grapes were vinified, the winery now crushes 500 tonnes - around 250 tonnes for the Tim Adams label, and contract winemaking for other local labels, the balance. This is now sourced from 11 local growers as well as from our own vineyards (joint venture with best friends Grant & Jackie Crawley). On our vineyard we grow Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz. Planned plantings for the next few years include Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Viogner, Pinot Grigio as well as increasing the plantings of Shiraz and Riesling.

    Clare Valley

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    The Clare Valley is actually a series of narrow north to south valleys, each with a different soil type and slightly different weather patterns along their stretch. In the southern heartland between Watervale and Auburn, there is mainly a crumbled, red clay loam soil called terra-rossa and cool breezes come in from Gulf St. Vincent. A few miles north, in Polish Hill, is soft, red loam over clay and is influenced by westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf.

    The differences in soil, elevation, degree of slope and weather enable the region to produce some of Australia’s finest, aromatic, spicy and lime-pithy Rieslings, as well as excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec with ripe plummy fruit, good acid and big structure.

    Clare Valley is an isolated farming country with a continental climate known for its warm and sunny days, followed by cool nights—perfect for wine grapes’ development of sugar and phenolic ripeness in conjunction with notable acidity levels.

    Semillon

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    An unassuming but noble variety capable of wines with considerable structure, depth and length, Sémillon is an uncompromising white variety with the power to create wines that improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to the aromatic and vivid Sauvignon Blanc; the two are most commonly found blended in their home region of Bordeaux. Sémillon especially shines in Sauternes, one of the world’s greatest sweet wines, with highly concentrated flavors of honey and dried apricots. While Sémillon is not the most fashionable grape in the rest of the wine world, it enjoys great success in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it can produce elegant, complex dry wines with aging potential.

    In the Glass

    Sémillon is most notable for its smooth texture and significant palate weight. In youthful dry wines, it expresses subtle aromas of lemon, green apple, pear and stone fruit. Aged or sweet Sémillon wines show more complex characters of lanolin, beeswax, honeysuckle, ginger, saffron, vanilla or toast.

    Perfect Pairings

    Thanks to its moderate acidity, this fairly full-bodied wine can stand up to pretty boldly flavored food. Think lightly spiced Asian or Indian white meat or fish dishes, or anything with cinnamon, clove, or star anise. It’s also great with autumnal vegetables like kabocha squash, yam or potato. Botrytised Sémillon, as in Sauternes, is a perfectly decadent pairing with foie gras.

    Sommelier Secret

    Sémillon was once the most common variety in South Africa—so common, in fact, that in 1822, when 93% of the country’s vineyard area was planted with it, it was simply referred to as Wyndruif, or “wine grape.”

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