Bartier Brothers Semillon, 2013

The most elegant BC white of the year? The epitome of non-Bordeaux Semillon, with a strong but not overbearing gun metal on the palate and a hint of peachy fruit on the finish. A nominal effervescence and a delectable 12.9 per cent alcohol. Clean, pure, straightforward and elegant to boot.

Sorry for the crap pic
Sorry for the crap pic

Here’s the catch: It’s Semillon, perhaps the most ignored, derided, misunderstood and least appreciated varietal in the major leagues. We love it, I can wax poetic on the many fine Australian bottles over the years (the Aussies do excel) but don’t dare serve it to guests. The sharp, flinty, flatness of it will leave them puckering and wanting.


Price: A sensational $17.40 at the vineyard (factor in the extras and it’s still a phenomenal price).


Market Liquidity: Diamond in the rough.

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