Moss Wood 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – Fergal Gleeson, The Great Wine Blog
Moss Wood make some of Australia’s greatest Cabernet. For context, Moss Wood Cabernet is one of just 5 Cabernet or Cabernet blends on Langtons fine wine ‘Exceptional’ list which is based on price and demand at auction. The others are Penfolds Bin 707, Wynns Coonawarra John Riddoch, Cullen wines Diana Madeline and Mount Mary vineyard Quintet. 2018 was a fabulous vintage for Margaret River in both quality and quantity so (my) expectations were high! Moss Wood 2018 does not disappoint.
This is a rich, smooth and full-bodied expression. There’s complexity galore with freshness, bay leaf and leather woven through the blackcurrant fruit. Tannins are a key part of Cabernet and vintage after vintage the quality of the tannins in Moss Wood elevate above the crowd to make fascinating wines. Winemaker Keith Mugford with 40 + vintages under his belt has again crafted a wine that is both delicious and memorable. The house style is to make wines that are approachable in youth but prodigiously age-worthy.