2019 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon

Margaret River, WA

A spectacular wine from a legendary producer - Moss Wood Cabernet is an Australian wine icon.



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It's intriguing and intelligent and thoughtful .... another great Moss Wood release.

Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

There's always a lot of excitement to be had about the release of the Moss Wood Cabernet, potentially the estates most iconic wine.

It's an astonishingly elegant, ethereal wine that needed some time to show its charms. Classic blackcurrant, clove, tobacco and cedar notes dominate the nose but there is also a fresher, red-fruited character keeping everything pure and lifted.

The palate is full-bodied and grippy but in a linear, delicate sense. You will need to invent a time machine or give this a bit of a decanter slap to enjoy within the next five years.

A worthy landmark of Australian wine.

About 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.

Moss Wood vineyards
Moss Wood vineyards
Margaret River, WA
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From The Producer

Consistent complex, balanced wines of excellent depth of flavour & considerable length. Skillful blending of only the highest quality fruit. Fine French oak barriques.

As always at Moss Wood, the fruit was hand-picked and delivered to the winery where it was sorted and destemmed into small open tanks. Each was seeded for primary fermentation with multiple yeast strains and hand-plunged, 3 times per day. Temperatures were controlled to 32°C. After 15 days on skins the wine was drained and pressed to stainless steel tank, where it completed malolactic fermentation. The various batches were racked to French oak barriques, of which 15% were new.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (96%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Petit Verdot (2%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2040
Bottle Size : 750ml

Moss Wood vineyard
Moss Wood vineyard
Margaret River, WA
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Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"Fine-boned, linear cabernet sauvignon with dark berry, violet, dark chocolate, cedar, new leather and spicy oak flavours. It's a perfectly-balanced wine with obvious cellaring potential. A complex wine with underlying power." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)

Wine Pilot

"There was some debate around a decade ago that this iconic Margaret River winery had lost a little of its glitter and that the wines were not what they once were. I was not quite as onboard with that as some. In fairness, it is not easy to remain at the pinnacle for a half century. But in recent years, the levels of quality they have attained have put to rest any such doubts. These guys now make some of the most thrilling wines in Margaret River and none better than their Cabernet. There are some world class Cabs made in the region and the MW sits with the very best. This vintage ranks with the finest of recent releases and there have been some crackers. To be honest, to look at this, I slipped it into a tasting which friends had organised, which was of some “super-second level” Bordeaux and great Margaret River Cabernets, from vintages as far back as 1990, right up to today. It will give an indication of how well it went if I tell you that one friend, not usually known for purchasing anything other than the great wines of Europe, rang the next day to say he had already picked up a six pack.96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is elegance personified. A low yielding and slightly cooler vintage, the grapes went into small open tanks for fermentation, with thrice daily hand-plunging. 15 days on skins and then pressed to tank before it was racked to French oak, 15% new. Over two years maturation. As mentioned, elegance personified. A silky combination of coiled power and finesse, this is a glorious Cabernet. Blackberries, spices, tobacco leaves, kid leather, violets, cigar box notes, aniseed and delicately integrated oak. There is a gossamer-like web of complexity weaving through the wine. Seamless, great length and cashmere tannins. This is a brilliant wine. Ten years, twenty years? How long have you got? If you are serious about great Australian Cabernet, this is a must for your cellar." - Ken Gargett (Wine Pilot)

The Wine Front

"Powerful, compact, brooding sort of style, but tight too, all black fruit, dark chocolate, a seasoning of bay leaf and baking spice, some floral notes peeping over the top. Tannin is earthy and dense, but smooth and layered, boysenberry and dark raspberry, firm acidity set neatly inside, and a tobacco and black olive savoury finish of length and intensity. A very strong release, indeed maybe the best in the last decade. High drinkability, even early." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"This is a masterclass in refinement. It is svelte and streamlined, the cool, mineral spool of flavour across the tongue is what the 2019 vintage can look like at its most restrained and harnessed. The length of flavour basically flutters out over the finish, so weightless and enduring. The 2018 that came before it had a thundering, legendary quality - legs widespread, hands on hips, power pose. This is the creative in the family, the quiet guy. It's intriguing and intelligent and thoughtful ... poignantly red fruited, spicy and super-supple. I'm descending into hyperbole. It's unnecessary. This is another great Moss Wood release." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    My favourite Cabernet just about in Margs possibly all of australia. This is just as good as 2018

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