Semillon does not fill my heart with joy. It tends to signal watered down, bulked up, thinned out and other uninspiring phrases. Aussie Chardonnay on the other hand makes me think big – fruity fruit, toasty toast, oaky oak and spicy spice, alcohol galore – lots of everything like a kid’s dream ice-cream sundae.
The Regent Semillon Chardonnay 2007 was a pleasant surprise. It has a measured amount of the Chardonnay goodness with melon and peach, a smidge of the honey, but not to an intrusive degree and some zippy lemony-ness which served to balance rather than thin the fruit. 13.5% alcohol is a sensible amount and won’t see you wobbling after a large glass.
It benefits from being cold, just above frosty cold. At about £6 a bottle from Laithwaite’s it’s reasonable value and a wine I’d happily drink again.