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The origin of Sémillon is not so clear, but it remains the main grape variety in Bordeaux, The grape has been introduced in Australia at the beginning of 19th century, making outstanding wines in Hunter Valley and once accounted for 90 per cent of South Africa's plantings and more than 75 per cent of Chile's, but today it is not that notable in both countries. Depending on where it is grown and the winemaking philosophy, Sémillion may have flavours and aromas, which include citrus fruits, flowers, ripe fruits, minerals and lanolin. Sémillon is a white grape mostly grown in France and Australia, it has a thin skin and it is susceptible to botrytis and for that reason, it is used to make sweet wine, particularly, Sauternes AOC and Barsac AOC. The Sémillon grape is native to the Bordeaux region and was initially known as Sémillon de Saint-Émilion, the name Sémillon also resembles the local pronunciation of the town’s name, and it first arrived in Australia in the early 19th century and by the beginning of the 18th century the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa's vineyards where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning "wine grape" Sémillon is the main white grape in the Bordeaux wine region and the whole south west of France where it grows easily and it is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. But the grape is now very in demand in Australia where is blended with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc in what is known as the Sem-Sav or Sem-Char style.

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