Moss Wood Semillon 2018

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Huon Hooke
SKU
MWSE201811 UCAU
$34.99 Per item
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750ml (Bottle)
$34.99 Per item
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 aging but this is definitely not the case. In the mouth there is a rich mouthfeel, not always a feature in young Semillons. The fig and pear fruit flavours combine with full body to smooth out the acidity and tannins, so necessary for cellaring but this year sitting nicely in the background. The net result is good length and drinkability. One of the defining and beautiful parts to making Semillon is the simplicity of technique. After picking by hand, the bunches were sorted for unwanted contaminants like leaves and stems and then put straight into the presses. The pressed juice was sent to stainless steel tanks, where it was settled for 48 hours and 10°C. Clear juice was racked to a second stainless steel tank where fermentation was carried out by multiple yeast strains and controlled to a temperature of 18°C. After fermentation was completed, the wine was immediately prepared for bottling and was fined with bentonite, for protein stability but needed no other fining.
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 aging but this is definitely not the case. In the mouth there is a rich mouthfeel, not always a feature in young Semillons. The fig and pear fruit flavours combine with full body to smooth out the acidity and tannins, so necessary for cellaring but this year sitting nicely in the background. The net result is good length and drinkability. One of the defining and beautiful parts to making Semillon is the simplicity of technique. After picking by hand, the bunches were sorted for unwanted contaminants like leaves and stems and then put straight into the presses. The pressed juice was sent to stainless steel tanks, where it was settled for 48 hours and 10°C. Clear juice was racked to a second stainless steel tank where fermentation was carried out by multiple yeast strains and controlled to a temperature of 18°C. After fermentation was completed, the wine was immediately prepared for bottling and was fined with bentonite, for protein stability but needed no other fining.
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Scores & Reviews

93 / 100

Huon Hooke

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.