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2016 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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Moss Wood’s reputation of purveyors of red wine was cemented with their very collectable Cabernet, a wine often cited as one of the Margaret River’s finest. But Moss Wood also realises the joy of good Margaret River Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc fruit. Here they combine the two to bring a seafood-tastic wine that drinks best when chilled and enjoyed in the sun. It’s got tropical vibrancy and an attractive citrus lift that lingers on the finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2016 Ribbon Vale Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is pale straw in colour and shows some green tints. The nose is bright and fresh, with lifted gooseberry and grassy notes from the Sauvignon Blanc, supported by lemon shortbread, lemon sherbet, green apples and fig notes of the Semillon. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied but has a rich texture with an almost creamy feel, enhanced by flavours of lemon shortbread, green apple and fig fruit balancing a refreshing, crisp acidity and clean finish with no phenolics.

Made in this style, the wine is enjoyable from day one and we encourage people to consume it while young and fresh. However, this doesn’t mean the wine will not age well, especially with its Semillon component and we recommend cellaring for 5 years.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2016 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2016 Vintage) says

From the single Ribbon Vale vineyard which is located in Wilyabrup, Margaret River. I imagine this wine drunk on yachts on Saturdays.

Lovely perfume, that smells like, well, perfume. Has this lifted floral and citrus fragrance and then shows depth of sweet nuttiness, cut grass, vanilla bean, candied citrus. It’s very attractive. The palate treads a similar path but is leaner than expected, a touch neutral, but transparent in grassy-lemony fruit and licks of light vanilla cream, finishing zesty and crisp. It sits well in the palate and feels like a universal appeal kind of wine.

2016 - 2022
90
James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
A powerful and complex blend, seemingly made without oak (and not needing it); there is a broader spectrum of flavours than those of the semillon, but with slightly less intensity.
By 2020
Wine Companion
94
Ray Jordan (2013 Vintage) says
This is only just savvy dominant. The fruit is initially treated in stainless steel before about 40 percent of the blend goes into French oak. The result is a stunning lift in complexity and mouthfeel. This is a superb wine showing the benefits of older vines, some winemaking artifice and a good vintage. 93/100 Alcohol: 14%
Ray Jordan from West Weekend Magazine - 19 Apr 2014.
93
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
Considerable volume of ripe tropical fruit aromas with fresh ripe pineapple, delicate staw and earthy semillon.This is a textural wine with rich satisfying structure and straw mandarin spectrum flavour with a layered finish and a morish acidity.Will be bold and silky in two years time.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Bright and stylish, with fresh, lightly herbaceous aromas of gooseberries and melon revealing creamy, nutty, leesy undertones. It's elegant and fruit-driven, with a pleasingly long and vibrant core of fruit underpinned by a lick of wet slate and punctuated by a fresh cut of tightly integrated lemony acid.
2014-2017+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
There can be no doubting the synergy of Semillon sauvignon blancs from Margaret River, nor their fundamental difference to those of the Hunter Valley. Structural and textural factors drive the intense citrus , herb, snow pea and mineral flavours along a path with the precision of a railroad track, continuing into the far distance.
Wine Companion
95
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Heavily worked, this smoky, rather oxidative and leesy, cheesy young white has a pungent, wild and funky bouquet of gooseberries and passionfruit with nutty, creamy undertones. It's moderately long and profoundly textured, with a meaty expression of apple, melon and Packham pear flavours finishing with savoury, meaty influences, but without its customary freshness or focus.
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
89
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
This vineyard has always been good for these varieties and it shows with this excellent blend. Not as tropical as most but it has a fine combination of power and finesse with great fruit intensity. Very long palate that strikes a great valance between the fruit and persistent acid. The aim is to capture and retain the fruit with early picking and this has been done to perfection.
4 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
94
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Consistent style with passionfruit blackcurrant leaf aromas and a ripe semillon powered full-flavoured zesty palate. The 2011 is fresher and tighter yet still keeps the subtle harmony that gives this wine its appeal over more obviously fruity wines.
2015
Rob Geddes MW
88
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Warm and generous, this big, broad and sumptuous dry white has a herbal, faintly mineral and reductive bouquet of melon and lemon sherbet with undertones of cut grass and a skinsy, green-fruited aspect. It's rather warm and luscious, filling the mouth with fruit but tends to lack tightness and focus towards the finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
89
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A pristine vineyard blend that has plenty of mouth-watering citrus and fragrant melon fruits on the nose - very fresh, ripe and concentrated. The plate's quite richly textured, very smooth and supple; gently creamy texture runs long and wide, and flavours of melon, quince, golden delicious apple and lemon barley roll through a fullsome finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
92
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Consistent style with passionfruit blackcurrant leaf aromas and a ripe semillon powered full-flavoured zesty palate. The 2011 is fresher and tighter yet still keeps the subtle harmony that gives this wine its appeal over more obviously fruity wines.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright green-straw; a fragrant lemon zest bouquet leads into a tightly focused, intense and long palate, with an extra degree of fruit integrity.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
There is a restraint and elegance to this attractively styled blend and a depth of complexity and integration often only achieved with a portion of barrel fermentation. But this wine needs nothing of that; its core of minerality effortlessly carrying its lime, mint leaf and lemon zest palate.
92
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Consistent style with passionfruit, sherbet aromas and a ripe but zesty palate
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Dusty, slightly cheesy and lacking great intensity, this apparently overworked and slightly bitter white blend offers some bright, forward honeydew melon-like flavour but lacks freshness and intensity down the palate, finishing with green, menthol-like notes.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
80
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Really at their best when young, these wines are balanced and will age if you want them to but the fruit and beauty is fleeting with passionfruit, sherbet aromas and a ripe but zesty palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Some complexity, straw and restrained cut grass characters; textured and generous,with a fine, even and layered finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A powerful, intense bouquet, predominantly driven by herbaceous semillon, plus touches of gooseberry and asparagus. A supple and smooth palate, but lightens off slightly on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Slightly forward and candied, this rather toasty and buttery young blend backs its juicy, generous flavours of passionfruit and lychees with meaty, leesy undertones and fresh cut grass influences, with perhaps a shade of buttery, vanilla oak. It should develop neatly, fleshing out with more length and richness, while its refreshing lemon sherbet and lightly mineral finish provide some attractive punctuation.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
91
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Consistent style with passionfruit, sherbet aromas and a ripe but zesty palate
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A clean bouquet; an unusually supple mouthfeel, yet not flabby; the usual complex array of flavours all the way from herb and mineral to tropical passionfruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Consistent style with passionfruit, sherbet aromas and a ripe but zesty palate
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fresh, crisp and firm, carrying its alcohol with ease; lemon/lemon grass/herb/mineral/passionfruit; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; very rich, ripe passionfruit and honeycomb flavours; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91

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