2021 Gundog Wild Semillon

Hunter Valley, NSW

A wilder take on the classic Hunter Valley Semillon, using natural fermentation and a touch of skin contact.


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About The Wine

Hunter Valley Semillon is wonderful, and because of that, the winemaking behind it is usually played with a straight bat.

Pick it early. Press it quick. Keep it clean. Bottle it young. This wine deviates from that ethos slightly. It's a wine that gives us a different look at this great variety employing a little skin contact and wild ferments to give Hunter Semillon a slightly different look..

As winemaker Matt Burton says, "The aim is to create a very textural and complex style of Semillon that showcases another side of this great wine grape."

We loved this take on Semillon. It's textural and a little wild as the name suggests but still maintains a lovely fruit purity. Can't recommend it highly enough for those wanting a deeper look at Hunter Valley Semillon!

About Gundog Estate

Gundog Estate is owned and run by the Burton family, with son Matt in charge, and the cocker spaniel Karl Marx providing the inspiration for the label.

As well as their Hunter home, Matt sources fruit from the Hilltops and Canberra wine regions in New South Wales, making a tremendous value range of wines made from sustainably grown grapes.

Semillon is top dog, of course, and Matt makes both traditional and unconventional styles.

Matt in the vineyard
Matt in the vineyard
Hunter Valley, NSW
Additional Info

From The Producer

With the Wild Semillon, we push the boundaries of conventional winemaking by fermenting a portion of the wine on skins (like a red wine) using natural or “indigenous” yeast. The aim is to create a very textural and complex style of Semillon that showcases another side of this great wine grape.

The 2021 Wild Semillon is very aromatic, offering lemongrass, peach and some herbal tea notes. The palate is bright and fleshy with some residual sweetness there to offset phenolics (tannin) and acidity.

Because the wine is so textural and carries some residual sweetness, the Wild Semillon is an interesting proposition with food matching. The wine should hold up well to spicy, Thai-style dishes where acidity, saltiness and chilli are often offset by barely noticeable sweetness. It also partners well to roast pork or lighter poultry dishes.

Blend : Semillon (100%)
ABV : 11.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028

Winemaker Matt Burton
Winemaker Matt Burton
Hunter Valley, NSW
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"There’s a suppleness to the mouthfeel here and it’s most appealing. The flavours are a bit different in Hunter semillon terms – there’s tangerine, orange, wax and woodsmoke in the mix – but it flows well and it feels confident in its difference." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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