AUSTRALIA - Australian wine producer McGuigan Wines is to be reckoned with, especially if you are talking about Semillion.
Having secured the World Best Semillion award in the International Wine Challenge 2013, McGuigan's hold on this particular white seems unshakeable, having coveted the title for the past three years.
McGuigan's Bin 9000 Hunter Valley Semillion 2005 not only picked up the International Semillion Trophy, making it the only Australian wine to win international recognition, it also went on to receive the Australian White Wine Trophy.
In total, the company bagged four trophies at the IWC and Decanter World Wine Awards.
For McGuigan's winemakers, this was the well deserved pat-on-the-back for their hardwork, team effort, foresight and creativity.
"To have Hunter Valley Semillion crowned world's best is a great testament to the uniqueness of the region, and ageing charactristic of the variety.
"Winning the 'World's Best Semillion' for a third time is a remarkable achievement," said McGuigan chief winemaker Neil McGuigan.
Wine-drinking, he observed, is an evolution, with more young people venturing into floral flavours as they begin a journey of discovery into the various tastes of wines.
"Young consumers are getting off colas and venturing into floral wines.
"And we are building blocks for them to progress, in appreciating wines.
He said that floral notes in whites and rich robust varieties in reds, are important factors in appealing to wine drinkers.
"We believe that we have an obligation to release Australian wines at their best and show what Australia can do.
"We need to be competitive at an international level, and innovation is important for us to actively participate in competitions," said the charming winemaker at a vertical tasting prior to a wine dinner at Cantaloupe, The Troika.
Neil added that the family business spanning four generations, had established a stable of innovative wines.
"We used to make Semillion in the Burgundy style but to take the wine into another spectrum, we used clever yeasting and did some other techniques.
"We marketed our wines in the United Kingdom and Canada, and received good response.
"We think there is great opportunity for our innovative style of wines.
"The Bin 9000 Semillion have had a stellar performance with vintages from 2004 to 2007, all winning trophies over the past four years.
"We believe the variety definitely has a role to play within our portfolio in the UK and beyond," said the winemaker who has more than 30 years experience in the wine industry.