Moss Wood 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL

Moss Wood 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL

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$USD 103.29 (incl. taxes)

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TASTING NOTES

 Colour and condition:

Deep brick red, in bright condition.

Nose:

A classic Cabernet combination of blueberries, violets, blackberries with tar and cedar notes. The musky, black fruit note also suggests the higher percentage of Petit Verdot this year. There’s also pencil shavings and pomegranate and a very light toasty oak.

Palate:

In the traditional Moss Wood style, the first impression here is one of bright, generous blue and black fruit flavours, sitting over concentrated but balanced tannin. It’s the classic vineyard statement. However, there are also some pointers to the 2017 season, with crisp acidity, giving the palate a taut, almost zippy feel. The finish is firm, with a very light touch of toasty oak, mixing with cedar and tar.

Cellaring:

Apparently, Mark Twain once said history never repeats itself but it often rhymes and we reckon grape growing seasons are a classic example. Moss Wood followers will know we’re fond of reminiscing about vintages past and how they compare with current releases and yes, it’s a useful way to give perspective on wine style and cellaring potential. With the 2017 we turn immediately to the 1990 because these two share some remarkable similarities. Both were mild growing seasons with plenty of rain and in March, not only were the dates similar but also the amounts. It resulted in similar ripeness, 13.0 Baume in 2017 compared with 12.8 in 1990, and harvest with the former picked on 10th April and the latter on the 12th. Most importantly, this means we have great expectations of the 2017 because its older sibling remains one of Moss Wood’s finest that continues to drink well 30 years later. At present, the wine is showing vibrant fruit aromas so it’s an appealing youngster and can certainly be enjoyed now. However, the underlying structure is firm and will support long term aging, just as it did for the 1990. Over the next decade it should begin to soften but it will take until at least 20 years of age before it reaches full maturity.

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MOSS WOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON REVIEWS

Moss Wood 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

September 23, 2020

A bright, fragrant and aloof style of cabernet sauvignon that has plenty of lively and vibrant fruit in the mix, behind cedary oak and a gentle layer of leaves and brick dust. The fruit is in the Wilyabrup spectrum of red berries and cassis. The palate has smooth, fabric-like tannins on offer with an evenly…

Moss Wood 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Cameron Douglas, camdouglasms.com

August 27, 2020

Complex, varietal and classic bouquet with aromas of blackberry, plum, violet, tobacco and toasty French oak. On the palate – a full-bodied and full-flavoured wine with plums and cherries, blackberry, earth, sand, salt and toasty wood. The floral note of violets add a lovely complexity. Medium+ tannins and medium+-ish acidity, great balance and length. Drink…

Moss Wood 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Janne Putkonen, Viinikartta

August 21, 2020

Australian Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the strongest cab I’ve ever tasted. It tasted like fortified wine so much that it reminded me of port wine. Well, by paying 76 €, I expected to get full-bodied wine, but this… double concentrated meditation wine. One of the finest. Worth every penny! 5/5 stars 96 points.…

Moss Wood 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Julia Harding MW, Jancis Robinson

August 17, 2020

Mid cherry red. Pure fruited with cassis and damson. Chewy tannins all tangled up with the sweet dark fruit on the palate. Rounded and generous but still so fresh. Some fruit-pastille sweetness on the finish but overall it is elegant and refined. Lightish but persistent. Very young still.   Published April 29th, 2020

Moss Wood 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – James Halliday, The Wine Companion

August 6, 2020

Includes 5% petit verdot and 4% cabernet franc, hand-picked, destemmed, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured in French barriques (18% new). A luscious, plush cabernet, its voluptuous palate trimmed by dry herbs and foresty notes. A great vintage maximised by the thoughtful vinification. Award Winning Varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon – 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards Published…

Moss Wood 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Mike Bennie & Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine

June 12, 2020

Moss Wood is in a very confident place right now, and its flagship is singing. lt’s at once ethereally fragrant, eminently fine-boned, unashamedly medium-bodied, and simultaneously deep and rich in its exemplary black fruit expression. I have not always adored Moss Wood, but, by goodness, I do now. This is one of the greats.

Moss Wood 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Ray Jordan, The West Australian

April 28, 2020

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…

Moss Wood 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – “Western Australia’s greatest vintage ever?” Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

April 28, 2020

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 flavo(u)rs. Up there with the finest releases, this is…

Moss Wood 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

April 14, 2020

Deep red colour with a purple tinge. The bouquet is shy and closed, with some char-oak aromas plus blackberry, violet and other black fruits, the palate full-bodied and savoury, well-endowed with savoury, fine-grained tannins which run the full length of the palate. A stunning wine in the making. It’s all about potential. Must cellar for…

Moss Wood 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bob Campbell, The Real Review

April 14, 2020

Supremely elegant cabernet sauvignon with red and blue fruits, floral, violet, shoe box, cedar, nutmeg and nutty oak flavours. No single flavour dominates creating a delicious medley of appealing characters. Power delivered with subtlety. While it can be appreciated now I’d love to taste it in another decade (or two).   Published 3rd April 2020