“Intense chardonnay with citrus, grapefruit, gun flint, toast and nutty oak flavours undershot with vibrant acidity. The wine is a little closed right now and will clearly benefit from bottle development although it can certainly be appreciated. A classy chardonnay.”
Moss Wood 2015 Chardonnay – Bob Campbell, therealreview.com
“95+ Points Deep garnet-colored with a hint of purple, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon presents pronounced cassis, warm blackberry and spiced plum aromas with hints of dried mint, lavender, violets, cigar boxes and Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied with great poise and expression even at this primary, youthful stage, it has a firm level of fine-grained tannis and a lively backbone of acid through the finish with great length and depth.”
2010 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon – Lisa Perotti Brown – eRobertParker.com #208 Aug 2013
Deep, youthful red/purple colour with a shy, elusive nose. There are subtle violet and red fruit scents, and no greener notes, while the palate is gloriously deep, intense, powerfully structured and profound. The tannins and fruit are superbly integrated and the finish rolls on and on with great panache. There’s an inner core of fruit sweetness balanced by crisp acidity. This should age superbly and build more complexity, becoming an outstanding wine in time. I cannot recall a better Ribbon Vale red.
For the Margaret River wine region’s 50th anniversary, Vasse Felix worked with the local wineries association to present a retrospective tasting of cabernet sauvignon. Here are some standouts among the older cabernets.
Moss Wood 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Warmer than the 2004s, this wine’s black fruit still has a contrast of cool, coastal savor, as if the fl avor of the ocean, the sand and the surf is captured in the wine’s energy and freshness.
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Ribbon Vale Vineyard Merlot offers notes of warm mulberries, stewed plums, Christmas cake and blueberry compote with underlying sage, damp earth and cedar nuances. Medium-bodied it gives a good concentration of plum and earthy flavors with a medium level of velvety tannins, crisp acid and a long, herb-laced finish. Drink it now to 2018+.
Imposing bright straw-green colour; the complexity of the bouquet is immediately obvious with crushed citrus leaves, wood smoke and spice, not bad for an unwooded semillon. Its raw power on the palate is formidable, as is the acidity. Will always dance to the beat of its own drum – like it or leave it.
Has a rapier acid thrust that is crisp lean and refreshing. It tastes of granny smith apples and white grapefruit. Look elsewhere if you like tropical fruit salad flavours in your Sauvignon. This is much svelter.
There’s a nice texture courtesy of some barrel ageing. Classy effort.
Moss Wood celebrate the 40th birthday of their Semillon this year so it’s fitting that they’ve delivered something special. It’s very approachable for a young Sem with lemon and lemongrass flavours and taste of honey.
Much more going on in the glass than an equivalent Hunter Semillon at this stage. No oak is used, the fruit does the talking. There’s a satisfying weight and intensity all culminating in a wine that is simple, elegant and delicious.
Definitely presenting better than most of us at our 40th!
Almost ethereal cabernet sauvignon in an elegant rather than blockbuster style with cassis, new leather, spice, subtle dried herb and smoky oak flavours. A wine of restrained power with obvious cellaring potential – it opened up magnificently in the glass and deserves to be decanted. 19/12/2017
Drink 2018 to 2025
Fragrant powder-puff talcum aromas with no greenness. The palate is fruity and intense, bright and clean, lively and fresh with its fruitiness underlined by the subtlest trace of sweetness. Very attractive wine. 3/11/2016
Drink 2016 to 2021
Light to medium yellow colour with a rich honey, spice and peach bouquet, the wine full-bodied and layered, with forward-developed, well-worked complexities. It’s not very refined, but is big, rich and long lasting, with generous spicy oak flavours. 15/10/2017
Deep red/purple colour and a fumey aroma at first, hinting possibly slightly overripe, but the wine is convincing. Some violet and tomato bush notes. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with lush fruit flavour and smoothly supple tannins. It tastes on the high side of ripeness, but there is plenty of blackberry flavour and body, the tannins are ripe and supple. A delicious drink. 1/4/2017
Drink 2018 to 2032
Full red colour with a faint tinge of purple, the bouquet pleasantly savoury with traces of earth, leather and smoky charcuterie, quite complex. Some raspberry. The wine is medium-bodied and again the savouriness is striking and very appealing. A very tasty mouthful of pinot. There is some gravitas to the palate, which has nicely tailored soft but ample tannins. 5/11/2017
Drink 2017 to 2030
Smoky, toasty nutty bouquet, not varietal but seems dominated by barrel derived nuances. There are malt and almond-like notes too. The palate is light and straightforward with bright acidity. The wine has good intensity even if it’s slightly tart and grippy. Give it some time, and food.
Drink 2018 to 2025
Light colour with a clean, ripe aroma – not too grassy but faintly nutty and straw-like. The palate is intense but restrained and dry, soft and nicely textured, with excellent balance and drinkability.
Drink 2017 to 2022
Deepish red colour with a trace of brick in the rim. The bouquet is smoky, savoury and oak-kissed, with a nutty mellowness. Almost a pruney tinge. The wine is very powerful, rich, full-bodied and fleshy, with high extract giving it terrific textural richness. Long, warming and satisfying.
Drink 2017 to 2035
Top 10 wines of 2017 – Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River’s Moss Wood 2014 cabernet sauvignon gets the gong as cabernet sauvignon of the year. It has sumptuous blackcurrant flavour with underlays of mulberry, Turkish delight, chocolate and mint.
The latest release of the wine that made Moss Wood’s reputation, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t disappoint. Striking aromas of vanilla, cedar and crème de cassis lead into a palate that’s packed with fruit, dark chocolate and faint herbal notes that impart a savory edge to the flavors. It’s supple and creamy in texture yet powerful and concentrated, with fine-grained tannins that frame the long finish. It’s another in a long lineage of top-notch Cabernets from Moss Wood.
I had the great pleasure of participating in a tasting at Vasse Felix in Margaret River last month designed to celebrate the region’s half-century. Vasse Felix’s winemaker Virginia Willcock, Australian wine writer James Halliday, honorary Australian and fine-wine specialist Andrew Caillard MW and I led the tasting attended by leading local winemakers and commentators from all over the world. (Dec 4th, 2017)
Moss Wood 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright crimson with a pale rim. A very delicate touch – some ‘mineral’ notes and lots of lift. Is this due to the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc? I actually wondered about Merlot but perhaps only because the label reminds me of Pichon Lalande! Very smooth, well-worked tannins. Hint of saltiness on the end. Much more approachable than the Cullen Diana Madeline 2004. Drink 2010-2027
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot will redefine what you think you know about Australian Merlot. Theirs is savoury, sophisticated & drinking beautifully now. It’s Cabernet brother is perfumed & powerful. Impressively, dense tannins will buttress it for decades ahead.
015 was a very successful vintage in Margaret River, by all accounts, and this Bordeaux-style blend from Moss Wood is quite beautiful. It’s also relatively inexpensive for the quality. While you can drink it now, it should age really well.
Moss Wood Amy’s 2015 Margaret River, Australia
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot from the Glenmore vineyard, weighing in at 14.5% alcohol. Ripe but very fresh with tangy blackcurrant fruit, a twist of tar and eucalypt, and fresh acidity. Lovely combination of fruit, structure and savoury spiciness. Well balanced and potentially age worthy. Still a little angular now, but I think that’s a good thing in a young wine like this.
Fragrant and evocative bouquet with Pinosity on the nose and an engaging package of fruit, wood spice and complexity. Flavours and textures of minerality, old wood spices, fallen leaves and old rose; red cherry fruits, apple & cherry pie. Moderate tannins and medium+ acidity; Balanced, dry finish and ready. An example of Pinot Noir to engage in and explore. Drink now and through 2025.