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  • Country ranking ?

    140
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

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Moss Wood, located in the Willyabrup sub-district of Margaret River – can boast one of the choicest and most beautiful vineyard sites in Australia. The Cabernet Sauvignon – first vintage 1973 - is regarded as one of Australia’s great wines offering elegance, retrained power and site specific aromas and flavours. The wine is extremely perfumed and finely structured with cassis-blackcurrant aromas, hints of cedar and violet. Extended oak aging to 24 months – since 1996 – and the introduction of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot have made the wine deeper in colour, more aromatic and textured. The oak and fruit are very neatly balanced. The wine develops a touch of earth/demi-glace briar characters on the bouquet, and complexity and suppleness on the palate.

 

Top Vintages 2012, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1987

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The fruit was hand picked, destemmed into open tanks, hand plunged four times a day until dryness, after which it was plunged twice a day and monitored for tannin extraction. The temperature in the fermenters was monitored so that it did not exceed 30°C. Once the wine had achieved its best tannin balance, it was pressed and racked into barrel for malolactic fermentation. Typically, Moss Wood Cabernet is left on skins for ten to 14 days post fermentation: the 2004 averaged 14 days. In the first year, the batches were kept separate for barrel trials and monitored. After a year, all batches were combined and then racked back into barrel as a final blend. At the end of the second year, the wine was filtered and bottled on 7 May 2006.

Sweet vanilla-laced nose and rich bramble fruit. Tight and fine and fine-boned on the palate. Peppery dry and elegant. Leaner style not expected from nose. Beautifully structured though the oak is a bit evident at the moment.

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Margaret River, Western Australia

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