Moss Wood, Margaret River, Semillon 1999
Notes sourced from Moss Wood.
The 1999 harvest came at the end of a textbook growing season which featured good flowering conditions and consistently mild temperatures. Some vineyards in the region overcropped and consequently had problems ripening the semillon This was not a concern at Moss Wood where reasonable yields allowed the finished wine to register 13.5% alcohol.
The 1999 Moss Wood Semillon has quite restrained granny-smith apple and fig aromas with some minerally notes in the background. It is clean and lively, soft initially, mouthfilling, with granny-smith, fig and tobacco flavours and some earthy, minerally notes. The finish shows fresh acidity with firm, though not bitter, grape tannins lingering. Although attractive early drinking, this is a white wine of substance: impressive weight, tight structure and full bodied flavour capable of cellaring for at least 10 years.