Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Ray Jordan 98 Points!
'This is a great Moss Wood Cabernet' - Huon Hooke 98 Points!
James Halliday 97 Points!


 

Australia, WA, Margaret River
750mL
#Red  #Cabernet  #Moss Wood  #Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon  #Western Australia  #Rest of Australia  #Margaret River  

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"I have been having a lot of fun lately. No surprise really, because this is the time of the year when some of the big names start to strut their stuff and I get to taste some of the great wines -not just of Australia but of the world. One of the most Interesting is the latest Moss Wood cabernet sauvignon from tho 2015 vintage. You might recall that last year I gave my first 99-point score. This year I am only a point behind, but there will be some who prefer the slightly less opulent but no less extraordinary 2015 to the 2014.


Another exceptional cabernet sauvignon from this wonderful vineyard. An impressive follow-up to the outstanding 2014. This is slightly less opulent and lower in alcohol. Yet it retains the plush fruit density of the estate with that effortless elegance on the palate. Grainy tannins with a slightly sinewy feel. Less perfumed and showing more varietal graphite than some previous vintages. A wonderful statement of cabernet at its best. It will handle very long cellaring. 98/100 (Best drinking: 2020 to 2045)"


Ray Jordan, The West Australian, May 2018


 

Huon Hooke 98 Points!


 "Deep red/purple colour, with a lightly toasty bouquet featuring some smoky oak, quickly giving way to violet and blackberry aromas with a sprinkling of dried herbs; the palate intense and fresh, clean and lively, with brilliant depth of dark and red berry fruit flavours. The acidity is refreshing on the finish and the tannins are firm and upright. This seems to be a more elegant style of Moss Wood, but still concentrated, and a long-term keeper. This is a great Moss Wood cabernet."


 Huon Hooke, 98 Points


 

"The bouquet shows the first signs of development via nuances of spice and earth. The palate is still bracing and fresh, cassis and redcurrant on the same page. These different personas are simply an intermediate stage before the wine moves on to a lingering plateau measured in decades not years."

 

James Halliday, 97 Points

 


 

"Way back in the 1970’s, there were two vintages that came to define our Cabernet Sauvignon style, 1975 and 1976. As a consequence, we considered them almost like twins. They weren’t identical and each one drew attention because of their quality and style – the older sibling classically elegant and refined, the younger one plump and generous. 

 

The idea of twins has come up again as we reflect on the style and quality of our new release 2015 vintage except this time they’re identical. We keep accurate records of vintage conditions and we have never had two seasons so alike as 2014 and 2015. The similarities between temperature, rainfall, season length and ripeness are remarkable. Down the track, it will be interesting to see who of the keen judges will be able to tell them apart in blind tastings.

 

95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Initially there is a real impact of bright, fresh fruit aromas, dominated by the black fruits like blackberry and cherry, something we normally associate with Cabernet Franc, plus, of course, blueberry, red currant and the perfumed notes of violets. There are soft oak notes in the background that combine with some tobacco and tarry notes that Cabernet Sauvignon builds with long term barrel age.

 

This theme of lively fruit notes continues on the palate, where the generosity of the red and black fruit provides fleshy mouthfeel. This layer of red currant and blackberry flavours balances what is for Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, quite a firm structure, with bright acidity and firm tannin. On the finish there is just a suggestion of toasty oak, tar and leather, giving the wine good length and persistence."

 

- Moss Wood

 


 

 

"Magnificent Cabernet from one of the Margaret River region’s greatest wineries. Winemaker and proprietor Keith Mugford is in his 40th vintage. That’s consistency!
For me the new release is even better than the celebrated 2014. Just about perfect balance of fruit & savoury character and well integrated tannin. Drinks very well right now though many would put aside for a special occasion. Either way it’s liquid pleasure!"

 

Fergal Gleeson, The Great Wine Blog