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25/03/2015 11:02 GMT | Updated 25/05/2015 06:59 BST

Wine of the Week: McGuigan, Classic Semillon Blanc 2012, Australia

McGuigan's 'Classic' is a delightful example that is indeed fairly typical of the classic style. Feather-light, citrussy, with a shimmering freshness, some ageing on the lees also gives a bit of creamy texture and depth in the mouth, as well as hints of more exotically juicy fruit.

McGuigan, Classic Semillon Blanc 2012, Australia

Declared on the label as coming from 'South Eastern Australia', this 12% alcohol Semillon doesn't come from one of the famous Australian single appellations for this variety, the Hunter Valley or Barossa Valley, homes to a classic style of Semillon wine that performs a bit of a magic trick: low in alcohol and light as a feather, the wines when young are the ultimate in lemony, fresh, bright as a button styles, normally made without any barrel-ageing. Yet somehow these gossamer-delicate wines also age remarkably well, and after 10 years of careful cellaring (lying on their side, in a dark space with a constant and preferably low temperature) they transform into much richer, toasty, honeyed examples with quite a different character.

McGuigan's 'Classic' is a delightful example that is indeed fairly typical of the classic style. Feather-light, citrussy, with a shimmering freshness, some ageing on the lees also gives a bit of creamy texture and depth in the mouth, as well as hints of more exotically juicy fruit. It is a pleasure to drink this now for its exuberance and tight, youthful drive, but you might want to tuck a bottle or two away to see how it develops over the next several years. Watch the video for more information and for food-matching suggestions. I scored it 87/100, and it costs £7.99 from Tesco and Sainsbury's.

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