Moss Wood Ribbon Vale 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – Marc Malouf, Wine Worth Writing About
Deep ruby with a purple core and a floral and woodsy nose of violets, lavender, redcurrant, cassis, blackberry jam, cherry, dried herbals and chocolate. Background notes of charred meat, mint, pine, graphite, kalamata olive, leather and some citrus zest bring some complexity into the mix.
Deliciously rich and silky in the mouth with ribbons of red and blackberries, plum and cherry, zapped by a peppery raspberry-like acidity. Fulsome, smooth and well balanced with a tightly wound structure held together by a natural fruit tension and finely knit tannins. Good drive keeps the juice moving. The midpalate comes in eventually and reveals some baking spice and dried fruit, along with a creaminess of texture from the tannins. The tail stretches for a while and fades with eucalyptus, plum skins and some charred notes.
This is awesome! Made in a great vintage from 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, resulting in a delicious wine that pleases as much as it excites the palate. It feels both youthful and mature at the same time and lives up to the expectations of elegance for a Moss Wood Cabernet. Drink now or hold for further silkiness!
Published December 2020