Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard 2003 Merlot


Wine Facts

Harvested: 11/3/2003
Bottled: 15/6/2004
Released: 10/5/2005
Yield: 1.79 t/ha
Baume: 13.44
Alcohol: 14.90%
Vintage Rating: 9/10


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Tasting Notes

The Moss Wood 2003 Ribbon Vale Vineyard Merlot is fragrant, supple and smooth with rich, concentrated cassis and plum flavours and a firm finish featuring ripe, approachable tannins. It has more obvious sweet fruit than the Cabernet Merlot, a velvety texture, power and balance.

Vintage Notes

The 2003 vintage is well regarded in Wilyabrup. It was a consistently warm year with some hot weather, though no extreme spikes as occurred in 2004. As a result, it was an early season in which yields were lower than usual. The merlot has lovely toffee, aniseed and mulberry flavours.

Production Notes

While some of the merlot was used in the cabernet blend, the remainder was returned to barrel, where it stayed from March 2003 until January 2005. After fining trials determined that fining was not required, it was filtered and bottled. We consider this to be a serious merlot, albeit one of very small production (370 cases in 2003).