97 Points - Ray Jordan
Moss Wood have an internationally recognised reputation for producing some of the finest examples of Cabernet and Merlot outside of Bordeaux. Since the Mugford’s purchased the Ribbon Vale Vineyard back in 2000, they have been working tirelessly to produce the best possible examples of these varietals they could from this site.
The 2018 vintage is talked about as one of the greatest in Margaret River and there's little doubt the new Moss Wood Ribbon Vale releases are the finest yet under this label.
“97 Points. I recently tasted the 2018 Ribbon Vale merlot and am convinced this is the best example yet of this variety. Great vintage, sure, but everything about the wine from the structure to the expressive fruit aromas and texture suggests the vineyard and winemaking have come of age, even judged against Mugford’s demanding self-appraisal. It is the best example of controlled tannin management I have yet seen from a vineyard known for its assertive tannins. A vintage that produced some spellbinding wines and this is right up there with some of the best. This is high-class merlot displaying power and poise. The structure and combination of oak fruit and tannin is excellent. Leafy fruit with a trace of black fruits and dark plum. The palate has a grainy texture accentuated by the chalky tannins. Moss Wood has put a lot of time in managing this vineyard which they bought some years ago, with a particular emphasis on tannins. This is a merlot that makes quite a statement.”- Ray Jordan, The Weekend West Australian.
”96 Points. Pretty, succulent red fruits are all wrapped up in fine, shapely tannins. Supple, lithe and elegant. A beautiful wine. Screw cap. 14% alc. To 2041. $77”- Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2021.
With a dedication to making hand-made wines that cellar gracefully, Moss Wood has for decades, won acclaim as a prestige producer and continues to do so. Planted in 1969 with its first vintage in 1973, Moss Wood is located in the sub-region of Wilyabrup. Selected for the suitability of its soils, aspect and consistent climate, it is one of the finest vineyard sites in Australia.
Keith Mugford, as chief winemaker and co-proprietor, has been making wine and tending the vineyard at Moss Wood since 1979. He was joined in this by his wife Clare, in 1984.
They seek and apply proven knowledge and technology to enhance grape and wine quality, constantly driving to be the best. This exacting viticulture and winemaking ensures wines of outstanding quality, distinguished by their consistency over many vintages.
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon has firmly entrenched itself as one of Australia's finest red wines, and their annual release is always one of the most anticipated and demanded of the year. Moss Wood are also known for producing some outstanding Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends, while the Amy's Cabernet has become a perennial favourite of ours.
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