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September 13, 2018 | By

Capture a Masterfully Crafty Australian Chardonnay Semillon

The second release from our Restricted Quantities 2019 program entitled, 4Fugitives is a refreshing Australian Chardonnay Semillon. Learn more about this limited release wine, our recommended pairings, the varietal itself and the fugitive – Ned Kelly– who inspired it.


This wine’s balanced, easy-going relationship of subtlety and freshness harmonize with the complexities of its unwitting armour-wielding fugitive.

This dry wine features refreshing aromas of white flowers, golden delicious apples, lemon custard, and vanilla. Enjoy freshness on the palate, with a touch of oaky flavours.


  • Salmon burgers
  • White fish fritters
  • Cheese gougère


Chardonnay Semillon as a blend is possible because its two component grapes, Semillon and Chardonnay, are both individually popular in Australian wine. Semillon is common in the Hunter Valley region. Chardonnay is found in different Australian regions, like the McLaren Valley region. For those that are put off by the style of either Chardonnay or Semillon, a Chardonnay Semillon blend can strike a gentle balance between the two: the character and acidity of Semillon, with the generosity of fruit of Chardonnay!


The son of an Irish transported convict, Ned Kelly and his family were downtrodden, and persecuted by police. Imprisoned at a young age, Ned became entangled with the “Greta mob”, and a violent confrontation at the Kelly home saw Ned indicted for attempted murder. Promising to avenge his mother’s imprisonment for her role in the incident, Kelly and his gang were labeled outlaws. But with the help of sympathizers, Kelly eluded capture, demanding justice for his family and the poor in his rural community.

In a last stand, Kelly and his gang wore suits of armour made from ploughs; none would survive but Kelly. Ned was captured and sentenced to death at Old Melbourne.

Craft Winemakers will finally have a chance to make their own Chardonnay Semillon wine through the RJS Craft Winemaking 2019 Restricted Quantities program. However as this is a limited release, pre-ordering through your local RJS Craft Winemaking retailer is essential to ensure you can get your hands on a kit or two!

Capture a masterfully crafty wine January 2019.


Salmon Burgers


1 1/4 lb (567 g) salmon, finely chopped, skin and pin bones removed

2 green onions, finely chopped

1 cup (125 g) panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tbsp. (15ml) Dill, minced

2 tbsp (30 ml) mayonnaise

2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice

1 tsp (5ml) dijon mustard

Salt and pepper

Mayonnaise, for serving

Romaine, for serving

Red onion, for serving


  1. Preheat the grill, setting the burners to high. Oil the grate.
  2. In another bowl, combine all the ingredients until smooth. Add bread crumbs if the mixture is too soft. Season with salt and pepper. Shape into 6 patties.
  3. Adjust the burners to medium heat. Grill the patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until the salmon is cooked through. Toast the buns.
  4. Spread the caper mayonnaise on the inside of the toasted buns. Place the lettuce and then the patties on the bottom halves of the buns. Garnish with cucumber slices and cover with the top halves of the buns
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