The last recorded edition of Let’s Taste for 2017 was on New Year’s Eve, and it was for two 2017 white wines from Moss Wood. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are varieties that have a rich and important history in Margaret River, but possibly don’t get as much love as other grapes. I was very interested to see what the 2017 vintage offered in the west, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Moss Wood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 – RRP $32.00
Moss Wood Semillon 2017 – RRP $35.00
I love looking at wines from Glenguin Estate, mostly as I don’t often have the opportunity to taste Hunter Valley wines. To have the chance to look at the three most important styles of Semillon (the region’s champion variety) was incredible, so thanks to the Phil for sending me some samples. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Glenguin Estate Glenguin Vineyard Semillon 2017 – RRP $27.50
Glenguin Estate Cellar Release Semillon 2013 – Cellar Door Only $35.00
Glenguin Estate ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon 2017 – RRP $27.50 (375ml)
Shaw Vineyard was a producer I wasn’t familiar with, but to be honest I’m pretty unfamiliar with a lot of wines from New South Wales. The Canberra area is one of the states most premium wine-producing regions, so I was intrigued to look at the Shaw Vineyard wines. Here are my thoughts.
Shaw Vineyard Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – RRP $22.00
Shaw Vineyard Estate Shiraz 2014 – RRP $34.00
Most Australian wine lovers would have heard of family owned wine producer De Bortoli, and if they have there’s a good chance they’ve heard of Noble One. This is Australia’s most famous dessert wine, created back in 1982, which coincidentally was the year I was born. Further coincidentally I was given this 750ml bottle of the 2003 vintage for my birthday by my older sister, and I’ve had it in my cellar for the past eight years or so. Here are my impressions of an iconic Australian sweet wine with some age.
De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2003 – RRP $64.00 (current vintage)
Moss Wood is one of the most historic estates in the Margaret River region, with original plantings occurring in 1969. They were generous enough to send me some samples, which I will taste across two editions of Let’s Taste. On this edition I look at two of their white wines, made from varieties synonymous with the region.
Phil Jones is the Cellar Door Manager at Glenguin Estate in the Hunter Valley, and is also a listener of my podcast The Vincast. He generously sent me some samples from the winery, which is based in the area of Broke Forwich, and are made by vigneron Robin Tedder MW. On part one of two, I tasted the following wines (apologies for not getting bottle shots);
Glenguin Estate Semillon 2015 – RRP $27.50
Glenguin Estate ‘Ironbark’ Tannat 2013 – RRP $30.00
Glenguin Estate ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon 2014 – RRP $27.50 (375ml)
Let me know what you thought in the comments below, and be sure to visit the Glenguin Estate website to find out more. Please follow me on social media and head to my website to get in touch!
Iain Riggs is one of the most respected winemakers in Australia, with decades of experience making wine from regions across the country, as well as a wine show judge. He has been at the helm of Brokenwood Wines in the historic Hunter Valley for some time, elevating them to one of the top producers of semillon and shiraz in Australia. Having worked closely with the likes of Len Evans and his incredible tutorial, Iain took the reigns of this illustrious institution when Len passed away. Iain joined me on the podcast while he was recently in Melbourne, and we talked about his background and his views on Australian wine.
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