Friday, 4 April 2014

Moss Wood

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Ribbon Vale Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013     
A generous and forward bouquet of sweet and ripe Sauvignon Blanc then gently waxy Semillon - ripe, fresh and baked peaches, pear and apple aromas, medium complexity and quite inviting. On the palate - dry, crisp and firm with youthful acidity followed with the flavors of sweet apple and peach and a distinctive twist of lemon. Very well made, lovely balance, medium+ length and moderate complexity. Very drinkable now, but will continue to dvelop and gain complexity over the next 2 to 3 years.
4.5 Stars
 Moss Wood Margaret River 'Moss Wood Vineyard' Semillon 2013
Lots of peaches and citrus aromas especially sweet peach and baked lemon with a touch of grapefruit, then a drift of hay and mild grassy notes - so there is a measure of complexity here. On the palate - dry, crisp, lively and punchy - there's plenty of citrus peel and grapefruit flavor alongside a nudge of peach. High acidity and a steely firmness of youth. Balanced yet very youthful, medium- in body and medium to medium+ length. Well made. Smart alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
4 Stars
 Moss Wood Margaret River 'Moss Wood Vineyard' Chardonnay 2012
Quite a powerful yet familiar bouquet of Chardonnay - attractive, round, rich and complex; with baked stone fruits, raw brown sugar, popcorn and butterscotch suggestions, plenty of oak vanillin  as well. On the palate - dry with lots of nutty, creamyness and flavor - baked stone fruits again, spicy oak and butterscotch, full-bodied. Takes 3 tastes to get all that this wine offers. Lovely balance with medium+ complexity and length. A very tasty wine - think I'll have this with dinner tonight! Yum.
5 Stars (90 Points)

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Ribbon Vale Vineyard' Merlot 2011
A very attractive bouquet of dark red fruits centering on Doris plum then blackberry fruits - all wrapped up in a blanket of toasty oak - but not too much; medium complexity; there's also a dense dark rose layer which adds complexity and a feminine charm; On the palate - dry with a velvet textured mix of dark red plums and black fruits, a touch of licorice and five spice; medium tannins and medium acidity; balanced, medium+ length and complexity. Balanced and well made.
This is a very charming and very approachable wine that lends itself to foods of a similar nature or after dinner post coffee - you'll see what I mean when you do this.
4 Stars


Moss Wood Margaret River 'Moss Wood Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Lots of 'Berry' fruits in the bouquet with blackberry leading the charge flanked by blueberry and blackcurrant, dark cherry makes a show; non-fruit aromas include sweet tobacco, bitter chocolate and a gentle herbaceous quality - it's all Cabernet, but with the added advantage of 3 years in bottle as well showing off the harmony that is in development: on the palate - dry and moderately rich, masculine and full of toasty oak centered black fruits with a touch of Marmite, brown sugar and brown spices.
Overall a satisfying example with both drink now and age-worthy attributes; medium acidity, medium++ body; medium+ tannins, balanced, well made and with a longish finish.
4.5 Stars

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Ribbon Vale Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011
 Quite the 'classic' bouquet of a Bordeaux blend with its New World twist - generous and masculine bouquet of fresh and poached black and red fruits with a strong reminder of oak - toasted wood, brown spices and baked vanilla; medium+ complexity and quite forward. On the palate - dry and immediate full of texture and flavor - spice laden dark berry fruits, medium+ oak, tobacco, bitter chocolate and savory plum; there is a little earthyness with a sweet brown soil suggestion; medium+ acid, medium++ tannins, balanced, still developing yet quite quite approachable now; medium+ length. Delightful!
5 Stars

Moss Wood Margaret River 'Amy's' Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec & Merlot 2012
Full, rich and complex bouquet - fruit and oak laden with black cherry, blackberry, wild red fruits, milk chocolate and very toasty oak and barrel aromas. The palate reflects the nose exactly with medium+ acidity and medium++ tannins, quite dry, but packed with fruit and bold flavors. Balanced, long finish and medium+ complexity. This is a fabulous wine for food especially Osso buco type dishes or stinky cheese. Well made and a blend that Moss Wood will hopefully keep making.
5 Stars (91 Points)






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