2006 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, Western Australia
Holy cow is this wine deliciously lovely! Aromas are shy at first then delight with dark fruits, mocha, some baking spice, and earth, all of which follow on the palate. We just wanted to keep sniffing and sipping but alas there was only one bottle.
$98.99 as part of a mixed case.
"Nose: the initial impact is one of vibrant red and dark fruits, with ripe red currants and mulberries. There are also complex undertones of earth, chocolate and malt biscuits, combined with camphor and wax. The nose is then completed by an oak combination of toast, vanillin, cedar and lead pencil shavings. Palate: this impact of fresh fruit characters continues on the plate, where the ripe red currant and mulberry provide a sweet mid-palate in particular. The tannins are ripe and provide a long platform for these fruit flavours, with a firm but smooth texture. Complex flavours of chocolate, coffee and cedar fill out across the back palate and then the finish is a combination of oak characters, including toast, cedar and malt."
"The pretty fruit characters and ripe tannins of the 2006 vintage make the wine very attractive in the short term but its composition, combined with its broad range of complex notes make it an ideal cellaring wine. In our discussions above we have referred to our cooler vintages and during 2007 we tasted the 1987 vintage on several occasions to assess its stature at 20 years of age and found the wine to have become a terrific example of the Moss Wood style. It had developed mature Cabernet Sauvignon bottle bouquet but still retained clear fruit aromas, combined with a palate structure which had softened but still has at least 5 years to go before full maturity. Using this as a guide, we believe the 2006 vintage will develop in a similar vein. It will take at least 10 years to develop its bottle bouquet, so we recommend that if people intend to cellar the wine that they keep it for at least that period. However, the wine will not show its full array until at least 15 years old and based on the 1987 example, should remain sound for well beyond 20 years."
Matthew Jukes 2009 Australia's Top 100 Wines
"This vintage won’t be released for a while but you should register your interest now because it is a truly spectacular Cabernet reminiscent of Moss Wood’s greatest achievements. Margaret River’s comparison to Bordeaux is often spoken about but it is Wilyabrup’s direct comparison to the finer plots in Pauillac that intrigues me more. There really is a distinguished air to this wine that can only be found in the top wines of these regions."
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$109.9995+ WA; 96 JH; 93 ST What an amazing wine and so delicious! You can just taste the future and it will be even more beautiful. Dark fruits, earth, mushrooms maybe, and wonderfully balanced tannins. Definitely buy one to try and one to behold in ten or fifteen years.
Sorry, sold out. ETA pending.
$74.9996 JS; 95 JH Black fruits, so smooth, and layers of pretty intense cassis, juicy dark berries, and maybe a hint of licorice. We think quite romantically that the eucalyptus on the nose transports us to the groves of beautiful old gum trees all over Margaret River and makes the wine even more special.
9+ bottles available.