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Moss Wood Ribbon Vale 2016 Merlot – Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Rating: Stars

Serious merlot out of Margaret River.

It’s firm. It’s solid. It’s substantial. This is merlot for the cellar; there’s nothing chummy-yummy drink-now about it. It tastes of blackcurrant, cedarwood, bay leaves and chocolate, the tannin then gravely and studded with peppercorns. Length, it has plenty. Fruit, same. And tannin, wow, this is spread with the good stuff.  It’s a wine for the long haul.