By Fergal Gleeson
I recently sampled some of the new releases from Moss Wood, one of Margaret River’s pioneering wineries. They continue the tradition of exceptional quality and drinking pleasure.
Moss Wood Semillon 2017
Moss Wood celebrate the 40th birthday of their Semillon this year so it’s fitting that they’ve delivered something special. It’s very approachable for a young Sem with lemon and lemongrass flavours and taste of honey.
Much more going on in the glass than an equivalent Hunter Semillon at this stage. No oak is used, the fruit does the talking. There’s a satisfying weight and intensity all culminating in a wine that is simple, elegant and delicious.
Definitely presenting better than most of us at our 40th!
RRP $35 Rating 4 stars
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017
Has a rapier acid thrust that is crisp lean and refreshing. It tastes of granny smith apples and white grapefruit. Look elsewhere if you like tropical fruit salad flavours in your Sauvignon. This is much svelter.
There’s a nice texture courtesy of some barrel ageing. Classy effort.
RRP $32 Rating 4 stars
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Perfumed and powerful, this starts out smooth and silky and finishes with dense tannins that will buttress it for decades. Ribbon Vale is a cooler and high altitude site than Domaine Moss Wood which contributes to the darker fruit and the tannin profile. Excellent quality- it is one for the cellar.
RRP $65 Rating 4 stars
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2015
This wine may redefine what you think you know about Australian Merlot. Dr John Gladstones, the early diviner of Margaret River’s winemaking future, noted the similarity of the climate of the region to that of St Emillion and Pomerol. Both are Bordeaux powerhouses of Merlot.
Yet Margaret River has doubled down on Cabernet with Merlot predominantly used to blend. Moss Wood prove the potential to do something great with Merlot exists in the region.
Moss Wood Merlot is savoury and sophisticated and drinking beautifully now. The wine is juicy and refreshing but also has tar and tannins running through it. It’s an exceptional wine and my favourite from the line up.
RRP $65 Rating 4.5 stars