One of the unsung heroes of white wine production, Semillon is vibrant and fresh in youth going on to gain depth and complexity with age. It’s no wonder Erin Pooley is an avid advocate for this fascinating grape. Produced in Lake County California, the Little Frances Semillon is a nervy yet textural varietal expression. It is fresh with a layered mouthfeel and complex spice characters, the result of some time spent on skins and stalks during fermentation. The wine is bottled and intentionally held back and released with maturity, giving those hallmark Semillon notes of gooseberry, beeswax, nuts, and hints of honey.
Erin Pooley grew up in Sydney, she started making wine in 2007, and eventually settled down in California. Inspired by the flavours of old Hunter Valley Semillon she grew up with, she found a small block of Semillon in Lake County and set about making her own wine.
For Erin, wines are in constant state of evolution, and she has a particular fascination with the complexity and nuance that white wine acquires with bottle age. She says: 'I pick a little bit earlier, and I think the wine is turning out far better for it; I've found a great balance. I love the way Semillon builds texture and weight on the palate - despite no real oak influence, flavour extraction or manipulation. It's a refreshing mystery that has me hooked on this grape year in year out.'
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