The scenic outlook of Matilda Bay restaurant was the setting for a tasting of new releases from one of Australia’s premier wineries – Moss Wood – last week. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon represents 40 years of Cabernet from the Willyabrup vineyard – and I still have two of the 1973 set aside – alas I have finished all of the rest of the 70s which I remember with great fondness. (The wine and the era!)
Anyway, it was a great afternoon of excellent wine – the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon certainly maintaining the high standards set by Moss Wood – and the new 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from their Ribbon Vale vineyard impressed also.
2015 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Pale gold with aromatic tropical fruit bouquet, with an underlying boost of lemon zest; the palate is smooth, full of peach and grapefruit, passionfruit and lemon. Great drinking now. 93
2015 Moss Wood Semillon
Green and gold flecks; lifted bouquet of lemon blossom and freshly cut grass; intense lemon flavours; crisp acid finish. Refreshing and exhilarating in its youth it will age brilliantly – see below for proof. 95
2014 Moss Wood Chardonnay
Brilliant straw gold with a distinct bouquet of stone fruit and melons, and honeyed ginger notes; the rich and creamy palate is redolent of citrus and peaches; well balanced and with a lingering and sustained finish. A very elegant wine. 96
2014 Moss Wood Amy’s blend
Bright and vibrant, this blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec exhibits blackcurrant, plums and mulberries on the nose, with juicy fruit on the palate; oak supports the fruit well; drinking beautifully now. 93
2014 Moss Wood Pinot Noir
Light and brightly coloured with a perfumed nose showing floral notes, cherries and peppery spice. Juicy fruit with hints of sour cherry and pepper on the medium bodied palate flow through to a delicate and lingering finish. 94
2013 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
This was an eye opener, the first Cabernet Sauvignon from Ribbon Vale. Deep red with blackcurrant, mulberry and plum aromas, and just a hint of mint; the spicy palate has some smoky elements, full bodied with dark fruit flavours finishing with grace and balance. 96
2013 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon
A worthy entrant into the pantheon of great wines from Moss Wood. Deep crimson hue with a highly aromatic nose of violets, mulberries, blackcurrant, olive leaf, tarry plums and mint; the palate shows flavours of dark chocolate, plums, mulberries and restrained spice. Supple tannins and well integrated oak lead to a long, persistent, mouth filling finish. 98
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale NV Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
This is a beauty. Light gold with apricot and candied oranges on the nose; luscious rich palate with flavours of honey, figs, dried apricots but with a delicate citrus edge that balances the wine, keeping it fresh and lively. 96
Two older wines were also on display – first a 2003 Moss Wood Semillon which showed just how beautifully this variety ages – golden hued, lifted honey aromas, and a generous palate of honey and citrus. Years to go yet – I had a 2002 a few weeks ago which was equally impressive.
And finally a 2001 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon – dark brick red, with aromas of blackcurrants and prunes, backed up by a hint of mint and perfumed violet; the palate exhibited flavours of dark plums, dark chocolate and mulberries. Aging gracefully with many years in front of it – again I had a 2002 a few weeks ago which was also in superb shape.