Chris Hill 'Full Circle' Semillon 2016 (12 x 750mL) Barossa Valley


BWB is a reference to my early years of winemaking when full bodied oak matured Semillon was known as “Barossa White Burgundy”. I’ve continued to make Semillon in this style; big and bold with traditional Barossa flavour.

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BWB is a reference to my early years of winemaking when full bodied oak matured Semillon was known as “Barossa White Burgundy”. I’ve continued to make Semillon in this style; big and bold with traditional Barossa flavour.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

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The appearance is indicative of this wine’s weight and structure. It has brilliant clarity with a warm yellow colour and highlights of lemon and gold.


The bouquet is lifted with hints of tropical fruit and citrus. There’s a subtle hint of fresh cut hay behind the creamy, toasty aroma of baked biscuits and yeasty bread dough.


The flavours are mature and complex with herbs, lanolin and citrus marmalade combining to produce a dry savoury palate with a full rounded structure and mouth-feel. The warm alcohol gives a smooth rich sensation on the tongue and the finish is long and dry.

Food Matching

This wine is ideal with classic French cuisine like pate, Foie Gras and game terrine. It can handle rich meaty flavours like smoked fish or bacon so it’s versatile as a lunch or main meal accompaniment. Serve chilled but not too cold, in large round bowled glassware for best expression of bouquet and flavour.

Cellaring Potential

This wine has had extensive cellar maturation in stainless steel and old French barrels. The oak flavour is subdued but the roundness and balance of acidity and alcohol gives a great feeling of texture and weight. This wine will be enjoyable over the next 2 – 4 years

Winery Profile

My first winemaking experience was harvesting grapes in the Barossa Valley during vintage 1981. Long hot days were spent hand picking bunches of sweet, sticky Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and a host of other nearly forgotten varieties. At the end of each day after the last bins were tipped into the crusher, we’d meet at the weighbridge with Peter Lehmann for a bottomless glass of robust Shiraz and an inspired conversation about the new wines and vintage developments.

After three decades my day still ends with a nice glass or two of Shiraz or maybe Chardonnay but a lot has changed over that time. From a humble cellar hand plunging skins in open concrete fermenters during the 1980’s, to debating the appropriate cooperage for Hunter Shiraz with Len Evans in the 1990’s to the corporate boardrooms of giant multinationals in the 2000’s, I’m now back to making wine as an independent negociant.

Based in the heart of McLaren Vale, I’m surrounded by wonderful old vineyards and dozens of modern wineries run by talented winemakers. The joy of being a negociant winemaker is the flexibility to be able to source grapes and make wine anywhere throughout Australia. The benefit is an unlimited resource of varieties, regions, styles and skills to craft individual batches of unique wines without constraints.

My goal is to create genuine, honest wines that showcase flavour, vitality and life. Good wine should be accessible to all and be enjoyed as part of a healthy, active lifestyle with fine food, close friends and plenty of fun. I have many favourites but I believe variety is the spice of life and I enjoy discovering new flavours and stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking.

From an old favourite to something exotic, tantalizing and new, I hope you enjoy the journey through my selection of classic Australian wines.

View Chris Hill website

Other Information

  • 2016 vintage
  • 12 x 750mL units
  • SA - Barossa, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 13.6% alc.
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