- Clare Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
This aromatic wine has great balance and generous flavour 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.
- Growing Conditions
2014 was one of those years that the weather just did everything it should, when it should. This allowed excellent varietal character to be expressed across all varieties.
- Food Pairing
It has diverse food compatibility—in particular with seafood and pasta
Tim Adams semillon 2013 ($22) Adams has been making this excellent oak-fermented semillon from Clare for some years now and it continues to be one of my favourite examples of this style. Has a delightful lemony zest with light, grassy nuances. So much controlled flavour that extends to a very long finish. Worth holding in the cellar. It’s great value, too.
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2013 Tim Adams Semillon
“Has lashings of bold, beautiful, buttery lemon curd and lime zest fruit”
Australian Semillon – The Sleeping Giant of Australian Wine
The Clare Valley – creates Semillon that is slightly more structured and refined than the Barossa, yet shows good levels of richness and ripeness. The Clare Valley’s benchmark Semillon is made by Stephanie Toole at Mount Horrocks using handpicked fruit that delivers layers of white peach, apple and citrus fruit supported by French oak. Other pure Semillon Clare Valley producers include Tim Adams, Mitchell, Pauletts, Sevenhill Cellars, Taylors, Annies Lane and Kirrihill.
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Tim Adams Semillon, Clare Valley, Australia 2012 (£9, Tesco) and Tim Adams Riesling 2015 (£9). For all the re-organisation and changes Tesco has made to its wine range, the highlights from the tasting were three Australian whites that have been on the retailer’s books for as long as I can remember. The redoubtable family-run firm Tim Adams from the South Australian region of Clare Valley accounts for two of them: a typically incisive, pithy, limey Riesling and the subtly toasty, herby Semillon.
Having been fermented and held in French oak, this is a richer style with lovely lemon curd flavours combining with the subtle oak and touch of age to produce a delicious wine that would go beautifully with roast chicken.
Rating – Excellent
2014 Tim Adams Clare Valley Semillon
“A delicious, oaky yet vibrant lemon meringue pie and passion fruit-finished sémillon.”
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“Tim Adams enjoys worldwide acclaim as a winemaking pioneer – and this rich, almost decadent Semillon scented with almond and lime peel shows why. Drink it with roast chicken, pork or a veal chop and it’ll blow your mind.”
“Pungent smokey, toasty aromas. Lovely accessible balance, crisp finish, drinking well now.”