Moss Wood Ribbon Vale 2020 Elsa – Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
A wine like this is always a tough one to review. As ever, it must be done as objectively as possible on the undoubted merits of the wine and this is a wine that will have many supporters. That said, this is a love-it-or-hate-it wine – all these ‘worked’ Savvies are. After pressing, the must is settled for two days in stainless steel, then racked to a second tank to commence fermentation with multiple strains of yeast. Halfway through fermentation, the juice is racked into French oak, 6% new. Malo is encouraged. Then racked again, to stainless steel, blended and returned to oak for nine months. There is 10% Semillon included in the blend.
The colour is more green than gold. Quite pungent. There are notes of florals, herbs, chalk and minerals. A mid-weight style, good complexity and length with crunchy acidity. If this is a style you enjoy, then this is a good one.
Published December 2021