it tastes good
Just as Moss Wood Semillon reveled in the good 2017/18 growing season, so did Ribbon Vale Sauvignon and Semillon. The numbers give a clear picture of just how good things were. Sauvignon Blanc was picked at 11.2° Baume on 21st February, 5 days earlier than average, with a yield of 14 tonnes per hectare. The Semillon came off on15th March at 13.5° Baume with a yield of 11.5 tonnes per hectare, a very handy 10% above average. Flavours, ripeness and yields were virtually exactly where we want them. How much of this was skill and how much was luck will be up to others to debate and we’ll leave readers to draw their own conclusions. Naturally, we at Moss Wood reckon it’s the former!
First planted in 1977
• 8.2 hectares planted on south and west facing slopes
• Scott Henry trellising system
• Soils are classic gravelly loams over clay sub-soils
• Row spacings on old plantings of 3.6 metres
• Closer planting in new sections down to 2.5 metres
• Soil conservation techniques of minimum tillage and mulching, maintaining a heathy abundance of earth worms and soil microflora and fauna
The bland is quite unique: the Sauvignon Blanc pair nicely with fish or seafood and the Semillon goes very nice with pork or chicken and scallops.