The Sémillon grape, native to Bordeaux, is an interesting one. Depending on where it’s grown, when the grapes are picked, and how it is made into wine, you can have completely different experiences. Traditionally, Sémillon has been synonymous with the sweet wine region Sauternais in France, which produces a wine called Sauternes. Though Sémillon is just one of three varietals in this sweet white wine blend, it gets grouped in with the Sauternes experience, causing very few to stop and think of what it would be like on its own. In fact, Sémillon from France, Canada, and Australia travels the wide spectrum in oenology allowing all of the above countries to produce some delightful dry and semi-dry Sémillon single varietal wines. Today’s focus of this post is one such wine, Legends Terroir Semillon 2013, produced by Legends Estate Winery, located in Niagara, Ontario, Canada.
Legends Estate Winery was founded in 1946 by John Lizak and has since grown to control over 200 acres of land. Still family run, don’t be surprised to see Legends praised for not only their wine, but also their event space which has been host to a countless number of weddings.
On colour, the Legends Terroir Semillon 2013 holds an even golden hue. On the nose, honeysuckle, spice, and fig are noted. On the palate, well-tempered acidity is met with pineapple, granny smith apples, lemon lime and a slight touch of mineral for additional character.
It is not often that you stumble across a Sémillon in Canada and with the declining popularity of the grape outside of its blending requirement in Bordeaux, I now fear wines such as Legends Terroir Semillon 2013 will become harder to come by. A sobering shame considering the beauty and the strength of this Sémillon.
This wine retails at the LCBO $16.95
We gave this wine a 5 out of 5