Margaret River and Yarra Valley
Moss Wood ‘Ribbon Vale’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Margaret River, 2017
Moss Wood’s reputation is known world-wide. With initial plantings in Wilyabrup, Margaret River in 1969, their first vintage was in 1973 and awards soon followed. In 2000 they bought the Ribbon Vale Vineyard which had been planted between 1977 and 1982. The Semillon and Sauvignon were hand-picked and then whole bunch pressed with the juice was settling in stainless steel tanks. During fermentation the wines were racked to older 228 litre, French oak barrels and remained for 3 months to add texture and a level of complexity.
Rod Properjohn adds, “A hit with us at our most recent SBS/SSB tasting was Moss Wood from the Ribbon Vale vineyard in Margaret River. It was a standout…. Because of the hands-on attention it gets, it costs a little more, but it’s a doozey and worth every cent.
Light straw and brilliant in condition; the nose is redolent of lemon and marzipan, an almond character from the oak barrels. The palate is beautifully poised with fruit, oak, texture and acidity playing a symphony. Drink now and over the next four years.”
Woodlands ‘Clémentine’ Margaret River, 2016
The vineyard at Woodlands Wines was plated in Margaret River in 1973 by David and Heather Watson who run the company with their sons Andrew and Stuart. The grapes sourced for Clémentine are all from the Woodlands Brook Vineyard which has been part of Woodlands since 2008. Named after the daughter of Andrew and Marie Watson.
After fermentation, the wine was aged in French barrels (35% were new) for 18 months. 35% of the barrels used were new.
About the wine, Rod says, “A Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon (55%), malbec (16%), merlot (15%) and petit verdot (14%) provides the fruit and floral characters in this, oak delivers vanilla and nutty almond complexity and thick skins serve up dense colour and chalky tannins. It has all the ingredients; it needs a little more time to integrate. Serve with slow roasted lamb shoulder.”
Woodlands Wines state “2016 may go down in history as Margaret River’s greatest vintage.” Let us know what you think after you try the wine!
Soumah Select Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2017
Soumah, based in the Yarra Valley is young when compared to Moss Wood and Woodlands Wines. Their first vintage received many awards at the 2011 and 2012 Federation Square Wine Showcase.
The cool climate of cool nights and warm days helps to retain the natural acidity and concentrate the fruit flavour profiles in the wines. As their vineyard is slightly elevated, at 120 metres, it means they are not as prone to winter frosts and the slopes help drain the soil.
The winery focuses on wines from eastern France (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Viognier) and across to northern Italy (Savarro, Pinot Grigio, Ai Fiori, Nebbiolo and Brachetto).
Rod describes the wine as “Brilliant garnet in colour, this has bright cherry and plummy fruit and a hint of smokiness. It’s a rounded silky gem with a sweaty varietal character, vanilla bean and good depth and balance. Drink soon, there’s no reason to age it. Magic with duck or quail.”
These three wines are all featured in the Winter issue of On the Vine, drop in and pick up a copy!