Friday, 18 December 2015

Moss Wood

Moss Wood 'Wilyabrup' Ribbon Vale Vineyard Merlot 2013 Margaret River
Takes a while for the wine to give up its bouquet (lots of glass swirls required) - when it does - wow! Quite a haunting yet calm bouquet of soft, fresh, dark and darker berry fruits and loads of plum moments; a touch of bramble, lots of clay and iron like soil suggestions; plenty of oak with a toasty, vanilla and brown baking spices. On the palate - fabulous - loads of sweet plum and oak combinations, darker berry fruits emerge as well; medium acidity; medium+ (ish) weight and soft to nail point tannins; persistent and consistent finish - a balanced and well made example.
93 Points

Moss Wood 'Wilyabrup' Ribbon Vale Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Margaret River
Like its Merlot brother from the same vineyard - it takes a while for this wine to give up its bouquet as well - with the same result: Lots of dark berries with blackberry and blue fruit aromas; a mix of hay, tobacco and baked bell-pepper; loads of oak with spice, new wood and sweetness, hints of brown sugar. On the palate - delicious, rich, full-bodied and packed with muscle; dark berry flavours, lots of oak loaded with vanilla and spices, fairly toasty; plenty of ripe tannins with typical nail point impact and medium acidity. Lengthy,  and well made.
93 Points

Moss Wood 'Wilyabrup' Chardonnay 2014 Margaret River
Quite a complex bouquet build around specific components nutty, cashew-like new oak, fresh California peach, red apple, toasty butter moments and a synergy these elements bring to the wine. On the palate - dry, spicy, warm and rich in flavour and texture; plenty of stone fruit reminders with peach and some apricot; lots of red apple; wood spice and cashew nut; mild tannins, medium+ (ish) acidity; great length; a serious wine. Drink now if decanted; ideal drinking window 2017 - 2020.
90 Points

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