Mid to light-yellow colour, with creamy buttery aromas, some honey starting to apear, the palate generous and almost opulent – as the bouquet leads us to expect. Rich, full-bodied, layered with flavour. A traditional Burgundy-style chardonnay with lots of everything. Finishes with some alcohol warmth. Complex, multi-dimensioned and very generous.

Published Nov 2020

96 Points

Rating: Stars
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Pale straw with a yellow reflection and an intensely aromatic and tropical leaning nose of musky florals, frangipani, lime, passionfruit, banana gums, papaya, pineapple, Piel de Sapo melon, lemon zest and icing sugar. Deeper notes of apricot nectar and some gentle stalkiness gives depth. Super ripe and powerful.
Rich, full and sweet in the mouth with a wash of papaya, melon, fig, apricot and white peach, charged by an electric buzz of orange/grapefruit acidity. The zesty acid is so lively and brings a much welcomed brightness to the ripe fruit. There’s some warmth from a fair amount of alcohol too, 14.5%. The fruit drops into a midpalate gently buzzing with texture and tannins, pausing in momentum, while a heady breath rises with overtones of melon rind, floral lemongrass and honey.

Intense, but endearing, this Margaret River Semillon is a ripe, rich, weighty and curvy number that has been jolted into shape by a great current of zesty acidity that carries it all well. If you’re into your lean Hunter Valley expressions of Semillon, this is not that, but if you like your whites rich, fruity, sweet and zesty…i found you a goodin’! Dangerously delicious drinking.

Published Dec 2020

Rating: Stars
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Distinctly different to the famous Hunter Valley version of semillon, this is rich and full, maybe a little too much so for some. Although unoaked, its weight and texture suggest extra dimensions over simple fruit. Citrus, nectarine and pear with a touch of almond brittle open on the nose, and a deep, lush palate follows through to a dry, slightly firm finish.

Published Dec 2020

90 Points

Rating: 4 Stars
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Rich, concentrated semillon, with delicately succulent tropical fruit and ripe tree fruit flavours that are tempered with lime-citrus flavours. Layers of deliciousness kept under control with tangy, mouth-watering acidity. An appealing wine.

Published Dec 2020

93 Points

Rating: 4 Stars
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Moss Wood has developed a reputation for its unique semillons with the bright crisp acidity of the Hunter Valley matched up with a more textural palate. They are beautifully food friendly wines that can also age well.

The 2020 has created a richer and more forward wine than usual that is ready for early drinking. It is generous and mouth filling for the usually elegant semillon with powerful fruit well balanced by zesty acidity – peach skin, acacia, honey and lanolin fruits sit over a dry and mid-weight palate. It is delicious now but will also drink well over the next five years.

91 Points

Rating: Stars
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Hands up if you’re a Semillon lover?
I love versatile grapes which can produce a range of sweet, dry, still and sparkling wines and that’s exactly what the golden-skinned Semillon grape can do.
This here is the perfect example of a dry still wine made from 100% Semillon grown in WA’s Margaret River region.
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This is a Sem that’s drinking beautifully right now however I have no doubt it’ll be exquisite when aged too.
From it’s brilliant straw-like hue to its mouthwatering notes of fresh melon, crunchy apple, fresh lemonade and interestingly lanolin – it looks and smells like it needs to be in your mouth stat. And it doesn’t disappoint on the palate. Especially once it warms up, so don’t have it too cold. It’s medium bodied with yummy notes of guava, apple and something a little savoury – I just couldn’t put my taste buds on it.

 

Published Jan 2021

Rating: Stars
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Moss Wood have been making wines in Margaret River since the industry began in the region – planting their first vines in Wilyabrup in 1969. This has a real wow! factor about it, with incredible depth of flavour. While many in the region blend semillon with sauvignon blanc, this is made in the Hunter style; 100% semillon, clear juice with multiple yeasts, unoaked and bottled after cold fermentation. It has white stone fruit flavours and Granny Smith apple notes to the fore with some Thai spice nuances and impressive textural elements. Brilliant with seafood or spicy cuisine.

 

Published Jan 2021

Rating: Stars
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90% sauvignon blanc, 10% semillon. Hand picked and sorted, each variety vinified separately. 10 months in French barrels (5% new). Wow. Ok, so a new breed of barrel-aged sauvignon blanc is here. Intense and rich, rounded, complex and viscous in texture. The tannins (yes, tannins – despite only an hour on skins) are ripe and chewy; they frame the soft citrus fruit in a pillow of texture. Sauvignon blanc can be edgy – this is not. Semillon can be grassy – this is not. Keith has managed to capture the attributes of both varieties, with none of the obviousness. What a wonder.

 

Published 08 December 2020

96 Points

Rating: Stars
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