Henschke's Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Bimbadgen Sparkling Semillon (NV)

Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Sample, 12%, cork, RRP $15

I'm always looking for an excuse to celebrate and a bit of 'fizz' is the perfect way to get the party started. If you are looking for a great value Australian sparkling wine, then this is a great place to start. Sourced from the Hunter Valley, a region that is known for top notch Semillon, this sparkling wine is 100% Semillon, made using the charmat tank fermentation method. Light in colour and a shy nose. Gentle citrus flavours combined with biscuity notes to produce a compelling alternative to the varieties that feature more traditionally in sparkling wines. It had fine bead. The small amount of residual sweetness was well judged. I must say I was easily convinced. There's no question about this wine's authenticity and value - 90.   


  1. I must say I am not convinced about Semillon as a base for sparkling. I thought sparkling required more subtlty of flavour than what Semillon would offer.

  2. I was somewhat dubious about how well Semillon would go as a sparlking wine. But, after trying it, I was pleasantly surprised. It really was quite a convincing alternative.