Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The colour is a very youthful brick red and the condition is bright. The wine gleams in the glass.
The immediate impression of the nose is one of liveliness and fragrance, combining black and red currant with roses, five spice and liqueur cherry. There is complexity as well with soft, toasty oak, and some of the classic Ribbon Vale tar, linseed and seaweed.
On the palate it shows the evolution of the vineyard, where once this wine was distinctly savoury now there are rich, almost sweet dark berry and cherry fruits and an almost confectionery jubey muskiness. The palate gives just a glimpse of Ribbon Vales past, with firm tannin and leather and tarry notes on the finish, but the overall impression is one of great balance and length.
James Halliday – 92% cabernet sauvignon, plus 4% each of cabernet franc and merlot, half destemmed to a small open fermenter, the other half to a static fermenter, plunged or pumped over accordingly, matured in French barriques (8% new) for 28 months. A forthright cabernet, medium to full-bodied with fruit, oak and tannins all making significant contributions. It is easy to see why the wine was given such a lengthy stay in oak – it must have been a handful when young. Even now it is chock-full of blackcurrant and bay leaf fruit.
World Wine – Elegant, powerful cabernet sauvignon, with classical varietal flavours of cedar, cassis and a suggestion of green olive. A tight, linear wine with an impressively lingering finish. While it is easy to appreciate now the wine will clearly repay cellaring. Bob Campbell MW
In a mixed or straight case: $56.99