An attractively fresh array of mulberry and red-plum aromas with a rose-like floral edge, too. The palate has a very supple, succulent core of fleshy, sleek tannins that carry bright raspberry and mulberry flavors fresh and long. Great balance and vibrancy here. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. Drink now. Screw cap.
Published April 28, 2020
93 Points

Rating: Stars
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This crimson-hued, Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux blend is an excellent and affordable intro to the wines of one of Margaret River’s founding wineries. It’s sappy and mineral, with brambly berries laced with herbs and graphite; charred meat and vanilla make an appearance, too. In the mouth, there’s a lovely juxtaposition between luscious texture and raspy, herbflecked tannins. A big wine, but one with precision, even elegance. Drink now–2030.

91 Points

Rating: Stars
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The 2017 vintage was one of the milder vintages in WA. The latest Moss Wood captures this vintage perfectly and is without doubt one of the more restrained and tightly framed Moss Woods of recent years. Not the opulence of 2014 or the firm power of the 2016. Yet it retains the elegance, perfume and soft approachability that is Moss Wood. And hidden within is a wine that I suspect will still be drinking beautifully in 30 years.
Make sure you decant it even now before drinking.

Published 25th April, 2020

97 Points

Rating: Stars
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Very attractive aromas of blue fruit, as well as red cherries and redcurrants with cedary, savory nuances, stones, flowers and woody spices. This is both pristine and full of interest. The palate has elegant style with a fine brand of elegant, long tannin and fresh red-berry flavors. Up there with the finest releases, this is beautifully balanced and very drinkable already, though cellaring will bring further rewards.

Western Australia’s greatest vintage ever? 

Australia is such a rugged, diverse and exciting part of the Australian wine landscape. I recently tasted almost 500 latest releases from across the state just ahead of the COVID-19 lockdown. I found a captivating refinement of the wines from the state’s vinous crown jewel, Margaret River, as well as a rise in quality in the bottle across the vast region of Great Southern.

The Western Australian wine scene continues to power along strongly, helped by the turbo-charged impact of the 2018 harvest, which delivered such impressive stylish and deep wines across much of the state. The 2018 vintage is one to celebrate and collect as wines come out on the market.

 

Published April 28, 2020

96 Points

Rating: Stars
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This is a first for Moss Wood and comes from the Ribbon Vale property. It’s sauvignon blanc made in a very modern style. There’s multiple yeast use in the fermentation and a little oak adding complexity and compelling interest on the palate. It has about 10 months in oak before bottling with just a light fining. If someone said this was Old World, I wouldn’t challenge. It bas a lightly
creamy texture with a lift of faint tropical fruit, balanced with a savoury rninerality. Damn fine.

Moss Wood. It’s a name synonymous with cabernet sauvignon, right?

OK, you toss in a chardonnay, semillon, pinot noir and a few others. and you get a suite of impressive wines. But a straight sauvignon blanc. Whoa. Where did that come from? And why am I getting so excited about it?Part of the genesis of the Moss Wood Elsa sauvignon blanc lay in an article winemaker Keith Mugford read in The New York Times that talked of the popularity of wines from Sancerre in France. It led to lively discussion with his young winemaking team of Alex Coultas, and Tristan and Hugh Mugford.

“Sauvignon blanc in Australia and to a lesser extent, the world, has been dominated by New Zealand for the last 20 years.” Keith Mugford said.”In the background, there are producers around the world who’ve been applying the ·everything in moderation principle’ and coming up with excellent results, overlooked by all but the most serious consumers. “Combining youthful exuberance and the wisdom of years, we’ve been keen to explore the potential of sauvignon blanc from Ribbon Vale. We went back to the drawing board to see what we might do, with the advantage of having made a few complex chardonnays over the years, so we had something of a head start in what techniques might work.”

The Elsa is one of the most exciting sauvignon blancs yet released. Even after I had tasted it, I couldn’t put it down.

 

Published April 25th, 2020

95 Points

Rating: Stars
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