2018 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot
Includes 5% Cabernet Franc with maturation taking place in French oak barrels of which 15% were new. Totally opaque black dark red colour with a dark red hue. The nose shows good aromatic lift with blackcurrant and red plum scents emerging over subtle dried herb, vanillin cedar and spice notes. Medium bodied the palate is amply endowed with rich red to black currant and plum fruits which a have a supple feel and are underscored by vanillin cedar, earth, subtle dried herbs and spice. Polished tannin structure concluding elegant, long and savoury.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Pretty, succulent red fruits are all wrapped up in fine, shapely tannins. Supple, lithe and elegant. A beautiful wine. Drink by 2041.
Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion