Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 12pk 2020 - Allocation Only
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon | Langton's 'Exceptional' Classification (VII 2018)
Proprietors and winemakers, Clare and Keith Mugford, have established an internationally recognised Margaret River landmark, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon. Being part of the Langton’s ‘Exceptional’ ranking since 1991 and other internationally respected wine awards, the couple has also proven that other Moss Wood wines, like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Semillons, showcase exceptional quality and longevity.
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
THE LATEST MOSS WOOD CABERNET HAS BEEN RELEASED. AND YET AGAIN IT WILL IT SNUGGLY IN THE TOP ECHELON OF NEW RELEASE AUSSIE CABERNETS.
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
Rating: 99 Points
Source: Ray Jordan, www.rayjordanwine.com.au
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
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.
Rating: 98 Points
Source: James Halliday, The Wine Companion
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.
Rating: 98 Points
Source: James Halliday, The Australian
Deep garnet red in the glass, very youthful, inky and opaque. Lovely lifted aromas of cassis, bramble, dried herbs, pencil shavings and nutty oak, wonderfully complex and incredibly evocative. Powerful on the palate, lashings of blackcurrant, mulberry, blackberry and cedar. This is quintessential Margaret River cabernet, not too heavy or angular, just the right amount of sinewy, shapely tannin working superbly with a very pure drive of fruit and delivering fabulous length. Destined for a long and glorious life.
Rating: 97 Points
Source: Aaron Brasher, The Real Review
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.
Rating: 95+ Points
Source: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Ruby and purple with a slightly different nose to what I remember from the Moss Wood Cabernet’s of past vintages. There’s a fig leafiness in there, some musky florals, white pepper, baked blueberry and hints of olive that sit alongside blackberry, creme de cassis, fern, tobacco, cedar, tar and smoky charred oak.
In the mouth it’s structured, tightly layered and intense in flavour, rushing with rich red, blue and black berries, spiced with clove, cinnamon, anise and hints of green olive. Good concentration and plenty of fruit, with acidity that’s riding a little high at the moment and needs time to settle. Closely knit feathery tannins hold firm and bring serious texture and tension across the arc of the palate and don’t let go. Impressive! It fades slowly and evenly over a long and dry tail that hums with berries and spice.
This release has been built for the long haul and will reward those with patience.
Source: Marc Malouf, Wine Worth Writing About