Purity and class

McGuigan The Shortlist Semillon 2016, Hunter Valley, AUD $29

Semillon is undervalued by many. However, wines like this will remind you about its many merits.

Rather than being showy and assertive, it is a gentle wine that reveals its virtues slowly. It is extremely pure and clean, with dainty aromatics of freshly zested lemon. Tight and composed is the palate, yet it is soft, with great intensity. There is a subtle saline tang from the front to the finish which is simply tantalising. Beautiful in its youth though will also age with grace. (Screwcap)

Score: 93 ★★★★½

Alcohol: 11%

Ageing: now to 2025

Food: Scallops with lemon butter and chives

Stockists: McGuigan Wines

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