2020 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon
A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot with maturation taking place in French oak of which 17% was new.
Midnight black heart with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Alluring red currant, ripe mulberry and subtle violet aromas captivate the olfactory senses with delicate tones of toasted cedar, tobacco and bay leaf ensuing. Rich red to black currant fruits flood the mouth in what is a seamless marriage of power and refinement. Subtle red liquorice, infusions of fresh herbs, spicy cedar, delicate tobacco and bay leaf elements lie beneath the delicious fruit. Super fine tannins lend a very polished feel. High on class it shows outstanding persistence and finishes with sublime finesse and magnificent length.
Drink over the next 10-15 years.
It is a great wine from this great Margaret River estate. But it also a wine with a difference from recent releases, although it is still unmistakably Moss Wood. The most striking thing is that this is one of the prettiest and perfumed of any Moss Wood I can recall. And that’s saying something because Moss Wood is known for its perfumes and aromatics as much as it is for its soft palate profile. This one is also somewhat closed and restrained on the palate now with its firm thread of chalky tannin holding things tightly, to the point where I suspect it will be at least 20 years before it starts to reveal its true potential.
Another simply sublime edition of this great wine. The volume of fruit was down almost 60% but the small berry influence has added even more intensity and depth, if that is possible with this wine. Interesting point of difference is that the combination is slightly different from previous vintages with 90% cabernet sauvignon, 3% cabernet franc and 7% petit verdot. The petit verdot certainly brings a darker berry influence with slightly firmer tannins. The aromas are a seductively perfumed with a combination of violet and redcurrant with a subtle black olive and mulberry. But the palate, oh the palate, is simply a joy. Smooth graceful lines with fine chalky tannins supply essential definition and support and harmoniously played oak. At the moment it is quite restrained but with age, a treasure trove of delights will be released. It is a wine destined for even greater things. Extraordinary. Cellar 30 years.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot. 17% new oak.
Red and black fruit, something of an aniseed pastille thing here too, some floral notes, tobacco, cedar, and baking spice. It’s medium-bodied, kind of svelte and evenly weighted, just a little toasty oak, with some black olive and nori savoury elements. the tannin is quiet, and kind of latent, but swish it about in your mouth a bit, and their quality is revealed, especially on the long finish. I think this is going to be a beautiful wine with requisite bottle age, and is likely to rate (even) higher in time. Drink 2027-2043+
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front
It only takes a split second for this wine to establish its greatness in the pantheon of cabernet sauvignons grown around the world, pulsating with sweet fruits and a velvety mouthfeel. This is a cabernet sauvignon to melt a pinot noir addict’s heart.
James Halliday - The Australian
Pulsating with sweet fruits and velvety mouthfeel, it only takes a split second for this wine to establish its greatness in the pantheon of cabernet sauvignons grown around the world. The unusual decision to include 7% petit verdot picked at 15.2˚ baume (cropped more heavily than the cabernet and picked over a week later) doubtless played its part, but its synergy with the cabernet (and a soupçon of 3% cabernet franc) must have given much pleasure and justified pride. Nature being what it is, the cabernet sauvignon yield was 40% down at 4.5t/ha. All in all, though, this is a cabernet to melt a pinot noir addict's heart. Drink by 2050.
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion