Go on treat yourself, it’s the holiday season 😉
That’s exactly what we did with this 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon sample we kindly received from Moss Wood in Margaret River (thank you!).
Ribbon Vale is the name of one of the Moss Wood vineyards (they have 3). It was first planted in 1977 and comprises of 6.36 hectares. It’s unirrigated and is made up of gravelly loams over clay sub-soils.
Read my review of the Moss Wood Ribbon Vale 2017 Merlot >>
Read my review of the Moss Wood Special Reserve 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon >>
2017 was a great vintage for the Margaret River and especially Moss Wood. The grapes for this Cab were handpicked, malolactic fermentation took place and the wine spent time in French oak (13% new barrels).
We popped this one in the decanter prior to drinking it. It’s tasting great now but it’ll definitely evolve with time in the cellar, in fact on the Moss Wood website they say full maturity will be reached after 25 years!
Here’s how it went down in its youth..
On the eye it’s a dark garnet shade. While on the nose there’s vanilla oak mixed with drunken berries (blackberries and currants) and a bit of leather. I was drunk in love on the first whiff! In the mouth it’s full and voluptuous with black currants and cherries coming through alongside a hint of smokiness. Very refined and one you’ll want to re-taste in 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years!
This beauty retails for $77 which you can buy via mosswood.com.au
This wine was given to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!