Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Merlot 2015

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About This Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines never lack for complexity and this wine has it in spades. Their fruit aromas are a combination red currants and mulberries backed up with cedar, tobacco, leather and tar. Also, from a vineyard renowned for its masculine, slightly brooding demeanour, this is a slight change, with a generosity and friendliness not often seen in young Ribbon Vales. Palate: This theme continues on the palate, where we see a balance and generosity not often found with this vineyard. The red currant and mulberry flavours are generous and long, filling the mouth. The wine has full body, with concentrated and supple tannins giving the wine a long and well balanced finish. This is a slightly cooler vineyard than Moss Wood and it seems that extra warmth in 2015 has really suited it. With this balance and concentration, it will be a long-lived wine. For those who like their Cabernets with lots of complexity, it will take at least 15 years to develop a reasonable level of bottle bouquet. After that it will be anybody’s guess but 30 years cellaring will be easily achieved for those with the patience.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc
Country Australia
Region Margaret River
Brand Moss Wood
Vintage 2015

Margaret River Wine

In the southwest of Western Australia, the Margaret River wine region is unique in that it is the most maritime-influenced region in all of Australia. The cool Indian ocean breezes come in through the summer to keep the temperatures around the vines steady resulting in an unusually even accumulation of warmth in the growing season. It is also quite dry as interestingly less than 20% of the annual rainfall occurs as the grapes are growing. The region’s climatic factors have been compared to what Bordeaux would be like in a dry season. While the region’s total production is relatively small (3% of Australia’s total wine production), it is responsible for 20% of our premium wine market.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz as well as Bordeaux blends are all very popular red wine options in the region.

For whites, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age worthy Chardonnays are the specialties.

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