Moss Wood Semillon 12pk 2018
Proprietors and winemakers, Clare and Keith Mugford, have established an internationally recognised Margaret River landmark, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon. Being part of the Langton’s ‘Exceptional’ ranking since 1991 and other internationally respected wine awards, the couple has also proven that other Moss Wood wines, like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Semillons, showcase exceptional quality and longevity.
Moss Wood Semillon 2018
Light straw-yellow colour, with a straw and lemongrass aroma, the palate taut and tight, restrained and young but quite intense with a clean, properly dry, refreshing finish. The palate is intense, concentrated and youthful and not too straightforward. It could be more rewarding in a few more months. The fruit is nice and ripe and not grassy or snowpea-like.
Rating: 93 Points
Source: Huon Hooke (December 2018)
Moss Wood Semillon 2018
...Fast-forward to the 2018 Moss Wood Semillon, which was in my latest tasting of semillons, sauvignon blancs and blends. It was delicious. And the label read 14% alcohol, which is high for semillon, but it didn’t taste unbalanced.
Having followed Moss Wood closely for over 30 years, I was keen to read winemaker/proprietor Keith Mugford’s take on semillon. Keith has no secrets, he’s very frank, and his website reveals a lot about his methods and thinking.
To summarise, he prefers warmer seasons because the grapes get riper. For white wines, this is almost counter-intuitive, because Margaret River is not a cold region. Hence, you might expect chardonnay, semillon and sauvignon blanc to “show their brightest and most delicate characters in cooler years,” to quote Mugford. But the fact is, “they all look a bit on the green side unless we’ve had a warmer summer.” This might explain why Moss Wood semillon is usually fairly high in alcohol.
He adds that following the relatively cool, wet 2016-17 season Moss Wood was pleased to enjoy a more normal season in 2017-18.
He describes the 2018 semillon thus:
“An absolutely classic semillon combination of green apples and figs but with the added complexity of stewed pears and cinnamon. As always, there’s a touch of earthiness suggesting barrel ageing, but this is definitely not the case.”
It is a lovely wine: one of the most enjoyable Moss Wood semillons that I can remember.
Source: Huon Hooke, The Real Review 'Semillon hunting' (January 2019)