Semillon although it has more power and is a touch more herbaceous than most vintages. It has quite a pungent nose and shows grapefruit and apple characters with hints of figs, quince, gooseberries and some solids from lees aging.


The palate is fresh, crisp and clean with a tannic grip and some zingy, lifted acid on a long finish. It has good balance, excellent weight and a pleasing mouthfeel.

Growing Conditions

Semillon is likely to rank with that from the 1985 wine as one of the best vintages of this variety produced at Moss Wood. It’s a pity that the November storms cut crop levels by one-third and forced plans to produce the wood-matured Semillon to be abandoned. The 1993 Moss Wood Semillon is quite high in alcohol (at 13%) and about ten per cent higher in acid than normal. Although it is quite closed and has a firm structure, it also has a great deal of power, richness of fruit flavour and an impressive fineness on the palate.While not as soft and appealing as the 1985 Semillon at the same age because the levels of tannin and acidity are higher, the 1993 will develop more slowly and have even greater cellaring potential.