Quite simply consistently one of the finest semillons produced in Australia. It comes from old Wilyabrup vines in the heart of Margaret River. Lemon and racy with a super intense and very long palate held with controlled precision. Lightly herbaceous but the fruit has a delicious purity.
One of the purest expressions of fruit from any recent Moss Wood chardonnay. Has a lovely brioche and vanillin creaminess on the nose with other savoury smoky characters overlaying the powerful fruit. The palate is complex and layered with a very long finish. Lovely richness and concentration.
This vineyard has been producing some mighty fine merlot of recent years. This is medium bodied with a floral rose petal aroma that is immediately appealing and alluring. The palate is so fine and elegantly balanced with chalky tannins and fine grained oak set off against the sweet succulent fruit. A most stylish wine that will benefit from cellaring.
Shows that Margaret River can make some pretty nifty pinot noir. This is light bodied but with some sustained power and inner palate grunt. Fine bony tannins and acid with light cherry and light raspberry fruit nuances. Has a slightly chewy tannin character with quality oak in support. This is a stylish pinot offering plenty.
Opens on the nose with a powerful chocolaty blackcurrant mix with neat dusty earthy undertones. The palate is rich and supple but with a core of firmish tannin and oak providing ample balance. The natural tannins of this vineyard have been held with restraint to create a very tidy wine.
Continues the outstanding recent run of vintages for Moss Wood. This is without doubt one of the very best in this long and distinguished line. For a wine renowned for its elegance, this is one of the most elegant of them all. Yet the palate has such power and intensity. Bright and brilliant red hues. Beautiful sweet leafy fruit, silky fine powdery tannins and such perfectly weighted oak. Classic red berry and cassis. I think of some of the great older Moss Woods when I taste this gorgeous wine.
Moss Wood cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($115)
Balanced, poised and effortless. This super wine from Moss Wood stacks up with anything they have produced, and remember that includes some of the legendary wines made in Margaret River. Perfumed and highly scented with cherry and violet influences coming from the small amount of cabernet franc and petit verdot supplementing the cabernet. Ripe juicy berry fruit with a degree of delicacy. Has the classic Moss Wood subtle understatement that just builds relentlessly. A great wine.
SCORE 98/100 CELLAR 30 years
Moss Wood semillon 2014 ($35)
Best of the West 2016 – semillon
Another marvellous example of this variety from one of the best producers. Typical citrus and light honey characters on the nose. The palate has a richness and texture of pure vibrant fruit. Pristine crisp acid sustains a very long finish. Will handle some extended cellaring.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 12 years
Moss Wood chardonnay 2013 ($65)
Restrained, elegant and poised. This is a beautifully-crafted chardonnay with the fruit and oak balance in perfect unison. Tightly wound with a mix of white peach and vanillin oak. Has a slightly minerally cereal mix on the mid palate and a precise crisp finish. Will be at its best in three to five years.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years
Moss Wood Margaret River pinot noir 2012 ($60)
Moss Wood has been making some pretty good pinot noir from Margaret River for more than 30 years. The old vines are now producing some excellent fruit for the variety proving that although it’s not the best variety for the region, it can make some very nice wines. This is one of them. Has a firm, tight structure supporting the medium-weight fruit. Lifted red berry and spicy violet nuances make for an appealing aroma while the controlled tightly-held palate is destined for good things in the cellar.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 10 years
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale cabernet sauvignon merlot 2012 ($50)
This vineyard that has been part of the Moss Wood stable for some years now is really starting to develop a level of consistency. Okay, good vintages help, but the tannin management has resulted in wines of a more classy expression of the region. Smooth and seamless while still packing a punch. Will handle some extended cellaring while drinking mighty well in the short term.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 9 years
Moss Wood Amy’s 2013 ($35)
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec. Opens with a leafy aromatic so typical of this region. There’s a little blackcurrant and subtle red fruits in there with a trace of cedary oak. The palate is tightly held with fine sinewy tannins and supple medium to full-bodied fruit. Balanced and poised through to a long finish.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale merlot 2012 ($50)
Best of the West 2016 – merlot
A good follow-up to the 2011, which was something of a watershed for this variety in Margaret River. This is tighter and less luscious, reflecting the vintage. It still has excellent depth of fruit delivered with a controlled finesse of fine chewy tannins and fine grained oak. Well balanced with a long finish.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale sauvignon blanc semillon 2014 ($32)
Opens with a lovely lemony essence aroma working with a little nutty vanillin character. The palate is deep and rich with stacks of persistent lively fruit intensity. Carries to a precise long finish. A wine that is good drinking now but will keep for a number of years.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
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