Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
Moss Wood enjoy the challenge of consistently producing the most substantial Semillon wine anywhere in Margaret River. The style has evolved since 1980 with the emphasis on achieving good depth of fruit flavour. Semillon grapes are painstakingly picked in three stages, green, medium and maximum ripeness, to enhance the complexity and achieve a highly engaging white wine experience.
There has been a slight, but significant refinement in the style of Moss Wood Semillon, but ultimately, it is the pursuit of excellence which determines the viticulture and handling of fruit. Grapes are hand picked and delivered to the winery, de-stemmed, crushed and pressed. The free runs are cold settled for two days, clear juices are racked into fermenters, a small portion of solids are reintroduced. Pure yeast cultures are added batches are vinified at 17C for a fortnight. Pressings are fined and settled, clear juices are racked and seeded for a separate, pure yeast fermentation. After a week of settling on gross lees, the two components are racked and assembled before a light fining, depending on vintage.
Medium straw colour, with green tints. Fresh fruit aromas of grapefruit, apples and fig. Strong notes of pear and musk, enhanced by background notes of caramel and lanolin. Classic Moss Wood Semillon, combining crisp acidity with full body and a slight firmness of tannin on the finish. The middle palate has ripe apple, fig and pear flavours giving a generous, almost sweet feel, despite the wine is pleasingly dry.