2018 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Highly Rated
Tremendous 2018 Margaret River Cabernet from Moss Wood's Ribbon Vale property - a wine of silky class.

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"Probably the best Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon we have made." That's the opinion from the Moss Wood winemaking team, and they know whatof they speak.

Margaret River 2018 Cabernets are going to be a thing. One of the best vintages in recent memory, offering excellent cellaring potential. The Ribbon Vale property gives a full-bodied but graceful wine with excellent structure and depth. The cassis-driven fruit has a savoury, earthy edge and real velvety class is evident on the palate.

Wonderful release, stock up now.

Cabernet Sauvignon has a range of fruit aromas that very few varieties can match. It dominates this wine, with red currant, leather and tar but unusually for Ribbon Vale, there is a suggestion of floral aroma, in particular, violets. The small percentage of Cabernet Franc has bolstered the black fruit note by introducing cherries and similarly for Merlot, which adds in blackberry.


The high-quality theme for the 2018 vintage continues on the palate, with full body and a concentrated tannin structure playing a co-starring role behind generous and supple blackberry, blueberry and fruit cake flavours, complemented by some tarry, smoky and toasty oak notes on the finish. Very smooth indeed and probably the best Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon we have made.

94 Points - "I should imagine the estate Cabernet Sauvignon should be pretty strong in 2018, based on this showing.

Dark and brooding style of Cabernet with deep black fruit, some red ones peeping up, walnut, liquorice and new leather, with a subtle dried rose floral thing, and light biscuity oak. Full-bodied, dark chocolate and orange, savoury earthy flavours, ripe and dense tannin, and a bright finish of excellent length. Shows the house style to full effect. It’s an excellent release." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

97 Points - "With 2% each of merlot and cabernet franc. 27 months in French oak (16% new). We live in hallowed times: the '18 cabernets from Margaret River are being released into the wild ... there's never been a better time to be alive. Concentrated, fine, pedigree cabernet with explosive, low-down torque that drags the flavours over the palate into the interminably long finish. Epic. Will live as long as you do." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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Moss Wood

Started by the pioneering Bill and Sandra Pannell in 1969, Moss Wood is one of the legendary names in the Australian wine industry, helping establish Margaret River as a world-class wine region.

Located in the northern sub–region of Wilyabrup, current owners Clare & Keith Mugford have been growing the winery's reputation and range since the mid 1980s. The Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Australia's greatest wines, the Chardonnay is exceptional, and the Ribbon Vale range represents excellent value for Margaret River.

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