2008 Plantagenet "Hazard Hill" Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc Western Australia

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92 points from Wine & Spirits: "Clean, vibrant citrus flavors bring out the sauvignon element of this blend, ripe peach notes layering orange and lime. Semillon adds fullness, along with stony leesiness. Together they form a lithe and refined white, an exciting wine made more so by its price. Buy it by the case to serve with light-fleshed fish or roast chicken." (Nov 09) 90 points from James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion: "Aromas of fresh cut grass, with a touch of citrus are offered on the bouquet; clean, varietal fruit with real persistence to the very fresh, clean finish. Screwcap." (Nov 08) 13%abv "Hazard Hill represents the entry level wines made at Plantagenet located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. When I visited the property, this wine really stood out for me as a great value. A classic Western Australian blend of 51% Semillon and 49% Sauvignon Blanc that gives a nod to white Bordeaux, the Hazard Hill is tank fermented to retain its freshness and vibrancy. The bouquet has notes of lemongrass, lime blosson and citrus pith. On the palate, the racy Sauvignon Blanc with lemon and grapefruit combine with the Semillon which adds more weight in the mid-palate with a little waxy feel and a creamy texture. All of this comes together with juicy acidity and a mineral accent that lead to a fine finish." Jim Chanteloup K&L Australian Wine Buyer.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2010 | Send Email
Our industry has made too much of stereotyping the wines of Australia lately. There are plenty of wonderful balanced wines that have acidity and balanced flavors. That's the main reason why I love the wines of Western Australia so much. Most people are familiar with the classic producer Leeuwin in Margaret River but several hours south (about the drive from LA to Vegas) is the region of Great Southern. The maritime influence in this region helps produce wines of subtlety and balance. So how about the Hazard Hill? This is the second wine for Plantagenet and is a dead ringer for a Graves at three times the price. The Semillon adds richness and the Sauvignon lends acidity. Together you have harmonious flavors of melon rind, candied figs, lemon zest and gooseberries. So many food opportunities for this wine, but keep it simple. Let the wine speak through the food.

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13