Friday, 4 April 2014

Moss Wood

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Ribbon Vale Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013     
A generous and forward bouquet of sweet and ripe Sauvignon Blanc then gently waxy Semillon - ripe, fresh and baked peaches, pear and apple aromas, medium complexity and quite inviting. On the palate - dry, crisp and firm with youthful acidity followed with the flavors of sweet apple and peach and a distinctive twist of lemon. Very well made, lovely balance, medium+ length and moderate complexity. Very drinkable now, but will continue to dvelop and gain complexity over the next 2 to 3 years.
4.5 Stars
 Moss Wood Margaret River 'Moss Wood Vineyard' Semillon 2013
Lots of peaches and citrus aromas especially sweet peach and baked lemon with a touch of grapefruit, then a drift of hay and mild grassy notes - so there is a measure of complexity here. On the palate - dry, crisp, lively and punchy - there's plenty of citrus peel and grapefruit flavor alongside a nudge of peach. High acidity and a steely firmness of youth. Balanced yet very youthful, medium- in body and medium to medium+ length. Well made. Smart alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
4 Stars
 Moss Wood Margaret River 'Moss Wood Vineyard' Chardonnay 2012
Quite a powerful yet familiar bouquet of Chardonnay - attractive, round, rich and complex; with baked stone fruits, raw brown sugar, popcorn and butterscotch suggestions, plenty of oak vanillin  as well. On the palate - dry with lots of nutty, creamyness and flavor - baked stone fruits again, spicy oak and butterscotch, full-bodied. Takes 3 tastes to get all that this wine offers. Lovely balance with medium+ complexity and length. A very tasty wine - think I'll have this with dinner tonight! Yum.
5 Stars (90 Points)

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Ribbon Vale Vineyard' Merlot 2011
A very attractive bouquet of dark red fruits centering on Doris plum then blackberry fruits - all wrapped up in a blanket of toasty oak - but not too much; medium complexity; there's also a dense dark rose layer which adds complexity and a feminine charm; On the palate - dry with a velvet textured mix of dark red plums and black fruits, a touch of licorice and five spice; medium tannins and medium acidity; balanced, medium+ length and complexity. Balanced and well made.
This is a very charming and very approachable wine that lends itself to foods of a similar nature or after dinner post coffee - you'll see what I mean when you do this.
4 Stars

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Moss Wood Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Lots of 'Berry' fruits in the bouquet with blackberry leading the charge flanked by blueberry and blackcurrant, dark cherry makes a show; non-fruit aromas include sweet tobacco, bitter chocolate and a gentle herbaceous quality - it's all Cabernet, but with the added advantage of 3 years in bottle as well showing off the harmony that is in development: on the palate - dry and moderately rich, masculine and full of toasty oak centered black fruits with a touch of Marmite, brown sugar and brown spices.
Overall a satisfying example with both drink now and age-worthy attributes; medium acidity, medium++ body; medium+ tannins, balanced, well made and with a longish finish.
4.5 Stars

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Ribbon Vale Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011
 Quite the 'classic' bouquet of a Bordeaux blend with its New World twist - generous and masculine bouquet of fresh and poached black and red fruits with a strong reminder of oak - toasted wood, brown spices and baked vanilla; medium+ complexity and quite forward. On the palate - dry and immediate full of texture and flavor - spice laden dark berry fruits, medium+ oak, tobacco, bitter chocolate and savory plum; there is a little earthyness with a sweet brown soil suggestion; medium+ acid, medium++ tannins, balanced, still developing yet quite quite approachable now; medium+ length. Delightful!
5 Stars

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Amy's' Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec & Merlot 2012
Full, rich and complex bouquet - fruit and oak laden with black cherry, blackberry, wild red fruits, milk chocolate and very toasty oak and barrel aromas. The palate reflects the nose exactly with medium+ acidity and medium++ tannins, quite dry, but packed with fruit and bold flavors. Balanced, long finish and medium+ complexity. This is a fabulous wine for food especially Osso buco type dishes or stinky cheese. Well made and a blend that Moss Wood will hopefully keep making.
5 Stars (91 Points)

Folding Hill

Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2011 Bendigo Central Otago 14%
Quite a youthful bouquet with taut aromas of light red fruits - freeze-dried raspberry and sweet black cherry and plum, a hint of peppery fruit spice and soft dried herb  qualities; medium+ influence of oak; On the palate - dry with a youthfully taut palate showing off the vibrant fruit quality and cooler climate of Otago with medium+ acidity; the oak is noticable, but only because the wine is young and requires some integration time, medium fine tannins. Balanced with medium+ length and complexity.
5 Stars

Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2012 Bendigo Central Otago 14%
A very youthful bouquet with fresh, lively and tart smelling fruits - lots of cherry and cranberry notes along with red apple skin; moderate yet noticeable oak and moderate complexity. On the palate - dry with a noticeable core of ripe and sweet fruit - very generous in this regard; moderate bite of oak, medium+ acidity, medium+ fine tannins. Blanced with medium+ complexity and length. Well made and destined to cellar well for 5+ years.
5 Stars

Doctors Flat

Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012       13.5%
A bouquet with complexity, depth and charm - very floral driven light red fruits with black cherry and baked raspberry; plenty of select brown oak spices and and soft herb attributes. On the palate - dry with medium+ complexity (and building) showing off the harmony between fruit, oak and wine making skill; very gentle soft herb notes alongside a medium terroir layer; medium+ acidity (just), medium+ tannins - quite fine with a mix of fruit and oak; balanced and very well made with a long finish.
5 Stars

Devil's Staircase

Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013      13.5%
Light red and wild, slightly broody red fruits bouquet with a very fresh and lively appeal; no oak influences - it's all about the fruit for this wine so will match a lot of late summer fare or wild, earthy and smokey game foods. On the palate - dry with lots of wild berries and cherries; balanced with medium length, medium+ acidity and moderate finish.
3 Stars


SOHO Pinot Noir  Marlborough 13% (Wine Maker Dave Clouston)
A very vibrant and fruity expression with aromas of red cherry fruits, raspberry and strawberries, moderate oak and mild complexity. On the palate - a dry wine with lots of juicy fruit flavors, medium+ acidity and medium tannins, mild oak again means that this wine is very approachable now and through 2015. Balanced and well made.
3.5 Stars


Mahi Marlborough 2012 Pinot Noir 13%
Now we're talking......a striking bouquet of pure light red fruits lead by red cherry - macerated and fresh, oak spices show a youthful integration point as well as touches of brown spice and vanilla; the natural ferment shows as a layer of complexity, quite complex and interesting as the wine warms in the glass; On the palate - dry and complex with flavors of light red fruits, oak spices and plenty of texture (bottled unfiltered), fine tannins a mix of mostly fruit and some oak; well balanced and well made with medium+ acidity, medium+ fine tannins and a longish finish.
Highly recommended.
5 Stars

Mahi Ward Farm 2012 Pinot Noir Marlborough 13.5%
The expression of place is well evidenced in this example with a mushroom edge to the fruits, particular use of oak, macerated and juicy red and dark red cherry fruits, red apple skin and red velvet roses in the bouquet; over quite feminine. On the palate - dry and very youthful with flavors that reflect the nose - cherry fruits with wild raspberry edges, particular and more noticeable oak flavors and spices, fine tannins - mostly fruit with some keen oak tannin influences, medium+ acidity; balanced and well made with a long finish and medium+ (and building) complexity.
A lovely example!
5 Stars (90 Points)

Jacob's Creek

Jacob's Creek Blend 'Your White Blend' Limited Release NV (Australian Wine) 11.2%
Fruity with aromas of pear and citrus; on the palate a simple wine with flavors that reflect the nose, medium+ acidity; balanced with a dry(ish) finish. Well made.

Jacob's Creek Blend 'Your Red Blend' Limited Release NV (Australian Wine) 14.3%
Very fruity with aromas of cherry and plum and a little blackberry; on the palate a dry wine, quite warm too with noticeable heat from the alcohol, flavors of plums and black fruits with a layer of brown spices from oak use. Well made.