Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Botrytis Semillon 2018 375ml

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MWSE201810 UCAU
  • Another extraordinary release from Margaret River stalwart Moss Wood
  • Moss Wood followers will know we’re fond of reminiscing about vintages past and how they compare with current releases.
  • Bob Campbell: 95/100 "Quite Sauternes-like – sweet but certainly not cloying. Perfect with foie gras."
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  • Bob Campbell MW
    95 points
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Editors notes

This technique produces a very complex aromatic array of dried apricots, figs and pears with unusual background characters like raisins, earth and aspirin.

The palate is rich, full bodied and luscious with considerable sweetness balanced by fresh acidity and very delicate tannins. It displays all the ripe fruits of the nose, especially dried apricots, but has a clean, finish and is not cloying. Its concentration and composition mean that it has the potential to improve with cellaring over at least 5 years. However, its richness and generosity make it a delicious drink, even as a young wine.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lemon
    • Orange Marmalade
    • White Flowers
  • Palate
    • Petrol
    • Stonefruit
    • White Pepper

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Bob Campbell MW

    95
    "Delicious, creamy, botrytised semillon with bush honey, dried apricot, liquorice, musk and caramel. Quite Sauternes-like – sweet but certainly not cloying. Perfect with foie gras."

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Locations

Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

Western Australia

The wine regions of Western Australia are located in the southwest corner of the state. Among them, the famous Margaret River region boasts a warm maritime climate, situated around 200 kilometers south of Perth. Although it experiences higher levels of rainfall than other wine regions in Australia, the majority of it occurs during the winter months. Margaret River is renowned for its production of Cabernet Sauvignon, which is often blended with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Additionally, the region's Chardonnays are highly sought after due to their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. These wines are further enhanced by malolactic fermentation and barrel aging, which lend complexity and depth to their flavor profiles.

In addition to Margaret River, the Great Southern region is also known for its wine production. This region includes subregions such as Frankland River and Mount Barker, where floral Rieslings, elegant Shiraz with peppery notes, and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown. Other wine regions in Western Australia include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.

Each of these regions has its own unique terroir, resulting in a diverse range of wines with distinct characteristics. From full-bodied reds to crisp whites, Western Australia has something to offer for every wine enthusiast.

Margaret River

Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.

The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.

In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.

About the brand Moss Wood

Moss Wood, planted in 1969, is regarded as one of the best wineries located in the Margaret River wine region. Chief winemaker & viticulturalist Keith Mugford has been making wine at Moss Wood since 1979, and was joined by his wife Clare in 1984. The grapes are of excellent quality and produce Chardonnay, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon that lives for decades. Dr John Gladstones academic paper of 1966, recommended the region and suggested that the consistent maritime and Mediterranean climate would help to grow the highest quality wine grapes. There are two vineyards here, Moss Wood and Ribbon Vale, with just over 18ha in total. They are both unirrigated, hand pruned and hand-picked, as are the few other local vineyards from whom Moss Wood source fruit. Wines made here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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