Moss Wood 2012 Amy’s

Wine Facts
Median Harvest Date30/03/2012

Moss Wood 2012 Amy’s – Matthew Jukes, UK Daily Mail

The Definitive Christmas Collection – Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve (killer copy)This is another wine which made the grade in my 100 Best Australian Wine list this year and it is impossible to understate just how important Moss Wood is in the global wine firmament.  One of the greatest producers of Cabernet in the…

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Moss Wood 2012 Amy’s – Wine Advocate #214 Aug 2014 – Lisa Perrotti Brown MW

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot, the deep garnet-purple 2012 Amy’s displays aromas of red currants, mulberries and cherries with underlying dried herb and lavender nuances. Medium-bodied, with a good amount of vibrant red and black berry flavors, it has a medium level of fine-grained tannins, refreshing acid and a finish…

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Moss Wood 2012 Amy’s – Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar

July/August 2014 – Best New Wines From Australia Dark ruby. Red berries, cherry, spicy oak and a subtle floral quality on the nose. Supple and ripe, but with juicy acidity giving lift and spine to the supple red and dark fruit flavours. Fresh, focused blend, with firm, dusty tannins adding shape and finishing grip.

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Moss Wood 2012 Amy’s – Ray Jordan, The West Australian

Top 100 Australian Reds 2014/15 This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon petit verdot malbec and merlot. Beautifully leafy cabernet with a tight thread of oak and fine-grained tannin. Great length and poise. It has got a classic cabernet dominance in style and varietal expression, with the other varieties contributing to its completeness. 92/100…

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Moss Wood 2012 Amy’s – Matthew Jukes – 100 BEST AUSTRALIAN WINES 2014/15

Call the accountant and release the rainy day fund – this wine is mentally brilliant and the price is borderline absurd. I actually wrote the words ‘Clos du Marquis nose’ when I was scrawling an A4 page long, reaction to my first mouthful of this wine. Granted this is a tannic Amy’s. Yes, you will…

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Moss Wood 2012 Amy’s – Matthew Jukes

100 BEST AUSTRALIAN WINES 2014/15 Call the accountant and release the rainy day fund – this wine is mentally brilliant and the price is borderline absurd. I actually wrote the words ‘Clos de Marquis nose’ in my notes when I was scrawling an A4 page long, reaction to my first mouthful of this wine. Granted…

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Moss Wood 2012 Amy’s – James Halliday – The Wine Companion

A Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, malbec and merlot, it is very complex, with savoury, earthy, herbal aromas and flavours, the tannins evident, but not excessive.

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Tasting Notes

Colour and condition: Deep brick red, in bright condition.

Nose:  The wine doesn’t hesitate in showing the lifted scents of mulberry, blueberry, dark jubes, menthol and cedar that are its hallmark. It is no shrinking violet and displays background notes of leather and earth.

Palate: Here the impression is of plump, soft dark fruit flavours – blackcurrant, dark jubes and mulberry. Full bodied with smooth texture and a well-balanced tannin structure.

Vintage Notes

A very good quality year.

From 2007 to 2014 we have had an unprecedented run of favourable seasons. With the 2012 vintage, there were definitely no excuses because we had just about everything in our favour. The calendar year had slightly above average rainfall of 1048mm but usefully for us, 52mm, 49mm, and 27mm fell in October, November, and December, respectively. The timing was perfect, avoiding the crucial stages in flowering.

On cue, the weather turned warm and dry in January, the average temperature was 23.03⁰C, slightly more than 2⁰ above average and only 2mm of rain fell. We recorded 53 hours above 33⁰C, plenty to ripen the fruit flavours, and the last 2 weeks gave us regular maxima in the mid-thirties culminating in the hottest day of the summer - 39⁰C on the 25th. Things then eased and we had 9mm of rain in the first week of February which signaled the end of hot Summer weather and we received only a further 12 hours above 33⁰C.

All varieties were able to proceed at a steady but leisurely pace, to full ripeness.


All grapes were handpicked and once at the winery the fruit was destemmed into a combination of small, open fermenters and large, static fermenters. In the former, extraction was by hand plunging 4 times per day and in the latter, each batch was pumped over 3 times per day.

The skin contact time was managed according to taste and pressing was done when each batch had the best tannin balance. The various different batches spent between 10 and 20 days on skins. After pressing, each batch was allowed to settle in stainless steel tank before being racked off gross lees and undergoing malolactic fermentation. After this was completed, all the various batches were blended and the final blend was returned to barrel. The final blend consisted of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 18% Malbec and 18% Merlot.

Since our aim with this wine is to preserve the primary fruit characters, it spends only slightly longer than one year in barrel. The 2012 was racked and blended 23rd January, 2014, fining trials were carried out and it was decided to treat the wine with egg whites. Once this was done, the wine was sterile filtered and bottled.


It is our intention with this wine to capture the best of its youthful fruit characters so as to provide attractive early drinking and this is our recommendation for it. However, the fruit depth and composition are such that it will develop additional complexity and softness over the next 5 years.

Wine Facts

  • Median Harvest Date

    Cabernet Sauvignon – 1st April, 2018
    Cabernet Franc – 16th March, 2018
    Petit Verdot – 2nd April, 2018

  • Mean Harvest Ripeness

    Cabernet Sauvignon – 13.1° Baume
    Cabernet Franc – 13.2° Baume
    Petit Verdot – 13.8° Baume

  • Yield

    Cabernet Sauvignon – 8.67t/ha
    Cabernet Franc – 6.06t/ha
    Petit Verdot – 5.21t/ha

  • Weather Data

    Growing Season Ave Temperature – 19.6⁰C
    Number of hours accrued between 18° and 28⁰C – 1197
    Number of hours above 33⁰C – 16

  • Days Elapsed Between Flowering and Harvest

    Cabernet Sauvignon – 128 days
    Cabernet Franc – 119 days
    Petit Verdot – 125 days

  • Bottled


  • Alcohol

    14.5 %