“Intense chardonnay with citrus, grapefruit, gun flint, toast and nutty oak flavours undershot with vibrant acidity. The wine is a little closed right now and will clearly benefit from bottle development although it can certainly be appreciated. A classy chardonnay.”
Moss Wood 2015 Chardonnay – Bob Campbell, therealreview.com
“95+ Points Deep garnet-colored with a hint of purple, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon presents pronounced cassis, warm blackberry and spiced plum aromas with hints of dried mint, lavender, violets, cigar boxes and Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied with great poise and expression even at this primary, youthful stage, it has a firm level of fine-grained tannis and a lively backbone of acid through the finish with great length and depth.”
2010 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon – Lisa Perotti Brown – eRobertParker.com #208 Aug 2013
Wine wrap Pinot prowess
Moss Wood has built its reputation on producing benchmark Cabernets. Alongside these, it produces a range of wines which includes whites, red blends and Pinot Noir. Its Pinot Noir vines are the oldest in Margaret River and it shows. In the current release of Moss Wood wines I had the chance to sample Moss Wood 2014 Pinot Noir. While it is a young wine it shows all the finesse of a mature wine. The wine presents with a light plum, cherry colour. The aromas and flavours are all about cherries and strawberries by the basketful. Aromas of cherry, violets, some earthiness and a hint of spice lead the way for a rich silky smooth texture and mouth filling flavours of strawberry and luscious plum. The oak used is balanced and adds to the elegance of the wine. It is a delicious wine, with great length, it is bright and bouncy and just beaming with character and taste. It will win over new red wine drinkers. Track one down, drink it now and save one or two for the cellar if you can. A Pinot of poise and prowess.
Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011 is a polished and highly drinkable wine. It tastes of red fruits and has the lightest of dusty tannins. It’s not showing many signs of it’s 6 years of age and still has years ahead of it if you wish. It will hold it’s own in any company.
The quality blend has a creamy stone fruit texture with a light lift of tropical fruit and citrus.
Elegant, powerful cabernet sauvignon, with classical varietal flavours of cedar, cassis and a suggestion of green olive. A tight, linear wine with an impressively lingering finish. While it is easy to appreciate now the wine will clearly repay cellaring.
Tight, linear and clearly youthful semillon with green apple, mineral and lemon zest flavours plus a suggestion of wild flowers supported by steely acidity. The wine has an appealing texture and good palate weight. Clearly a long-distance runner – I’d love to try it in another decade.
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. An approachable wine with appealing sweet plum, berry and spice flavours. Fine tannins give a drying finish, but the wine is still very accessible.
Quite an elegant and moderately complex merlot with new leather, bacon, earth, plum and red berry flavours together with a seasoning of spicy oak. Fine tannins give the wine a drying and rather lengthy finish. A serious red with cellaring potential.
Intense chardonnay with citrus, grapefruit, gun flint, toast and nutty oak flavours undershot with vibrant acidity. The wine is a little closed right now and will clearly benefit from bottle development although it can certainly be appreciated. A classy chardonnay.
Magic Margaret River is the jewel in Western Australia’s crown, and its finest wines are elegant, bordeaux-aping cabernet sauvignons. So, go on, splash out on Amy’s fantastic 2014, with its seductive floral, plum, cassis and liquorice spice.
The Moss Wood 2014 Ribbon Vale Merlot is deep purple and has berry pastille aromas and plush mulberry front-palate flavour. The middle palate has plum, spearmint, cloves and savoury oak and chalky tannins show at the finish. Ribbon Vale is close to the original Moss Wood vineyard at Wilyabrup.
Intense mix of lime and lanolin on the nose, then more herbal on the palate. Fine freshness and lovely depth of fruit, nutty finish, promising much greater complexity. Citrus dominates now. (JH)
Coming from the Margaret River area, this Chardonnay sees only a third new oak, the rest goes into older oak helping to keep the fruit’s freshness intact: hints of vanilla are carried by a gorgeous seam of fresh, ripe fruit that is tropical in nature, plus there’s the usual peach, pear and apple goodness to go along with it … on the finish you’ll find a lovely toffee/butterscotch feeling that coats the mouth with yum. Rating: ****+
Finally we come to Moss Wood Amy’s 2015 which is Moss Wood’s entry level Cabernet, blended with petit amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. This has noticeably less tannin than Moss Wood’s bigger brothers. It is fruit driven with bright refreshing acid. Despite the fact that it is consciously made in an accessible style it is not “dumbed down” and could easily go for 10-15 years. Like the other wines it is ready to go now if you like your wines fresh and bright and don’t want to worry about that cellaring palaver. . 3.5/5.
Masters of Margaret River – Moss Wood
This wine is made using the same techniques but the grapes are sourced from the Ribbon Vale Vineyard about 1.5 kilometres away. This features slightly more prevalent tannins that coat the tongue and has a hint of tarry, leafy flavour going on. It’s a little darker and more powerful. You could call it a sensual beast if your mind works like that. From a quality, cellaring potential and enjoyment perspective there’s less than a fingernail between it and the flagship. 4.5/5.
Now in it’s 40th vintage. This wine is considered one of Australia’s finest and can last for 40 years and more. The sweet blackcurrant nose was very promising. What I found remarkable for a wine built to last was just how good it tasted now. What a lovely balance of fruit and silky smooth savoury tannins. This was full of flavour but all in a medium weight wine. So there really is no good reason to keep this wine for 10 years not to mind 40 when it’s going so well. The price is not out of bounds for a world class wine… 5/5.
You know you are in for a treat, when you have an invitation to attend a “private wine Master Class. ““At the recent AHA Expo 2016, proprietors and wine maker of Moss Wood wines Clare and Keith Mugford, hosted such a Master Class. Away from the hustle and bustle of the AHA Expo, I took my place in the dignified surrounds one of the small ballrooms at Crown ready to hear from Margaret Rivers Cabernet couple.
Bright mid straw. A very reserved regional style showing dried grass, apple and citrus fruits in a savoury style. Mid weight, dry and acid driven it is an elegant food style finishing long and subtle.
Drinking Range: 2016 – 2019
James Scarcebrook reviews Moss Wood 2016 Semillon
James Scarcebrook reviews Moss Wood 2015 Chardonnay