Reviews

 

momo-semillon-201This wine was initially sent out as part of the Landmark Tutorial Semillon tweet up, yet before that  I have to admit Molly Morgan were not on my radar. Now they definitely are, as the last two wines of theirs opened have been stellar efforts.

This water white Semillon is a real dynamo of a wine, announcing itself with sherbet like lemons, a touch of delicate bath salts and a hint of tropical fruit. It’s a nicely textured Semillon with lively acids that dance across the palate. I’ve said it before but this is definitely an oyster seeking missile.

  • Region: Hunter Valley
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Source: Sample
  • Price: $25

Patrick Haddock, ‘The Wining Pom”, October 2010

 

Semillon from the Hunter Valley region in NSW is a quintessential Australian wine so it was no surprise to see it account for 100% of the wines I received recently to take part in a nationwide Semillon tasting. Wine journalists, bloggers and enthusiasts with a healthy following on Twitter were sent no less than eight Semillons from varied producers in the region and asked to taste and post their thoughts on each wine during a two and a half hour window on the social media website.

One of the better of those wines was the Molly Morgan 2010 Semillon. It is almost perfectly clear in the glass and has a light aroma of citrus fruit. Very pleasant to drink, this wine has the classic, crisp citrus flavours that are a hallmark flavour within young Semillon, but in this case they did not come across as over powering or overly sharp as other examples I’ve had.

Molly Morgan – 2010 Semillon

Final Sip – Molly Morgan seem to have a knack for making really easy drinking white wines and their 2010 Semillon is no exception. The perfect accompaniment for fresh seafood dishes’, it’s ready and waiting for you this summer!

Stewart Noble, ‘Noble Wine of the Week’ via www.adrianerdedi.com

The Semillon grapes for this wine come from a vineyard planted in 1963. Anyway, I’m very rarely interested in drinking Hunter Semillon young, but in this case, it kind of works.  It’s textural despite the crisp, driving acidity – that helps. There’s a lot to like about the (shy) flavours and bouquet too. Citrus, thyme, honeysuckle and fennel pollen dominate but there’s a suggestion of tropical fruit in the background. The very early stages of lanolin and wax are there but will no doubt become more prominent in time, as the wine develops more honey and toast characters.  Whilst it is approachable now, it will get even better for a while yet. Nice work.

Jeremy Pringle, ‘Wine Will Eat Itself’ October 2010

Comments made during the Landmark Australia Tutorial big Semillon Tweetup:

  • ‘The 2010 is water white, generously textured but with lively acids that dance across the palate.  It’s an OYSTER SEEKING MISSILE’  – P Haddock, The Wining Pom
  • ‘Diggin the citrus fresh, crackling texture of your ’10 Semillon. Pure and pretty now.’ – M. Bennie
  • ‘2010 Semillon is just too easy to drink! I’m sure we’ll be smashing a few of these down over summer!’ – M Ellis, The Wine Punter

 

momo-rose-2010On opening this wine I was a little confused as it really needed time to breathe, but after a few minutes the  primary flavours of this Rosé soared. It’s a really savoury style and it was the perfect drink to accompany asian food. Light beetroot red in colour and full of fresh crushed cranberries and redcurrants. It delivers a nice full mouthfeel with mouthwatering acids and  a really attractive, dry finish. It’s going to really satisfy a Rosé lover who likes it a bit less than obvious and confected. There’s lots to love here without it being too commercial.

  • Region: Hunter Valley
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Source: Sample
  • Price: $20

Patrick Haddock, ‘The Wining Pom’, October 2010

‘With such a striking and attractive colour of raspberry red this wine’s visual appeal alone has me almost sold. The aroma is light and shows no hint of sweetness or confectionary that many Rosé’s do. It is a very easy drinking wine and very dry for a Rosé, which is a pleasant surprise with many of the Hunter Valley’s large scale producers better known for sweeter styles. It certainly got better over time in the glass which made me realise I had served it a few degrees too cold, yet at the same time I liked the fact that it got progressively more enjoyable!

Only a few Rosé’s of this standard come to mind and none of them are in the Hunter Valley, so perhaps a new benchmark has been set for the region in this style. Highly recommended and I’ll be getting myself some more for summer!’  Tasted October 2010

Stewart Noble, ‘Wine Without BS’