Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
One of Australia’s benchmark cabernets and one of the most collected, though we know this. A formidable identity in the glass always, too. WINE FRONT
Widely regarded as one of the best wineries in the region, producing glorious Chardonnay, power-laden Semillon and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that lives for decades. Moss Wood also owns the Ribbon Vale Estate, the wines treated as vineyard-designated within the Moss Wood umbrella JAMES HALLIDAY
If you ever get the chance to visit Moss Wood, we highly recommend it. They don’t have a commercial cellar-door, instead it’s by appointment only. If you’re lucky enough get an appointment, it will likely be their viticuluralist or a winemaker taking you through the tour and tasting. A very authentic experience and one that really drives home the love, care and meticulous attention that has placed this winery firmly at the top of Australia’s great estates. You could also read their incredibly detailed vintage notes online to draw the same conclusion. Although that tugs a little less at the heart strings.
Moss Woods flag ship is their concisely labelled Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from their own old vine and dry grown vineyards in Wilyabrup, Margaret River and the yearly release is always highly anticipated. Particularly over the last decade, where they’ve had an incredible run of exceptionally high quality and remarkably consistent vintages.
The 2016 will likely be considered among the top of these wines. The wineries notes point to a denser vintage, with very low yields (even for Moss Wood standards) producing berries of higher concentration and depth. They’ve drawn a comparison with the great 2005 vintage which critics hailed for its balance, depth and generosity. The data also points to the Moss Wood 2013 vintage which like the 2016, had lower yields and spent a similar time in wood before bottling. About six months longer than their “norm”. It was praised for it’s perfect balance of ‘fruit, oak and tannins’
I’m expecting the demand for the 2016 release will sky-rocket when the reviews do start emerge. The winery sold out of 2014 vintage in 2 days after Margaret River expert Ray Jordan reviewed it. This prompted me to track the performance and quality of their Ribbon Vale vineyard Cabernet (also in Wilyabrup). The 2016 is the best vintage for this wine over the past few years.
But back to the wine in question. I’m tempted to start taking bets on the release score for this flagship wine, instead I’d encourage you to jump before this happens. Either way, the quality will be high and certainly worth having in ones cellar.
Please note that this wine is not released until the 14th of May and that your order will be sent as soon as possible after.