Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2018
1 or more bottles$64.99
James Halliday'97 points
Ray Jordan97 points
Gary Walsh94 points
Angus Hughson93 points
"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 RibbonVale Estate, the wines treated as vineyard-designated within the Moss Wood umbrella." 5 Star Winery - James Halliday
Distinctly aromatic, with the full range of Merlot’s red and black fruits. Lots of blackberry, blueberry, plum and cherry, brightened by musk stick confectionery fragrance. Underneath lie earthy complexity of tarry notes, plus toasty oak and leather.
The theme of generous dark fruit follows through on the palate, where the front and middle are immediately filled with blackcurrant, mulberry and liquorice. This sits over a full body and typically firm Merlot tannin structure but the combination is supple and well balanced, something we don’t often see in the young Ribbon Vale Merlots. The finish shows some tarriness and there is also some toasty oak evident.
There is no doubt the fruit concentration and complexity of the 2018 Merlot will see it cellar for several decades, enhancing the wine with tar and leather complexities. It will need at least a decade to show the first signs of this and will become more complete with each year that passes after that. We suspect the challenge for many will be to resist its delicious early appeal but that’s OK, we’re happy for our wines to be enjoyed at any age.
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Critic Scores & reviews
James Halliday's Wine Companion97
""We live in hallowed times: the '18 cabernets from Margaret River are being released into the wild ... there's never been a better time to be alive. Concentrated, fine, pedigree cabernet with explosive, low-down torque that drags the flavours over the palate into the interminably long finish. Epic. Will live as long as you do.""
""A vintage that produced some spellbinding wines and this is right up there with some of the best. This is high class merlot displaying power and poise. The structure and combination of oak fruit and tannin is excellent. Leafy merlot with a trace of black fruits and dark plum. The palate has a grainy texture accentuated by the chalky tannins. This is a merlot that makes quite a statement.""
""Well, this is a good expression of Merlot, to be sure. Red and black fruits, coffee bean, a sort of honey/floral perfume, and a bit of tar. It’s medium-bodied, has some savoury tobacco and black olive character in with red berries and plum, tannins is fine and powdery, dense and perfectly ripe, some cedar and subtle mint and seaweed flavour comes through on a long finish. Lovely balance. All just so. Svelte. Polished. Really good.""
""This is classic merlot in many ways – good colour but not especially deep and then it’s instantly bursting with fragrant redcurrant, cedar and dried herb fruits well matched to largely old oak. 5% cabernet franc has also provided a pretty leafy edge. The palate is then dry, fleshy and juicy – waves of red and black fruits are supported by silky tannins which are beautifully balanced before a long and bright finish. It is already open for business and well suited to roast duck or chicken.""
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About the brand Moss Wood
Moss Wood, planted in 1969, is regarded as one of the best wineries located in the Margaret River wine region. Chief winemaker & viticulturalist Keith Mugford has been making wine at Moss Wood since 1979, and was joined by his wife Clare in 1984. The grapes are of excellent quality and produce Chardonnay, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon that lives for decades. Dr John Gladstones academic paper of 1966, recommended the region and suggested that the consistent maritime and Mediterranean climate would help to grow the highest quality wine grapes. There are two vineyards here, Moss Wood and Ribbon Vale, with just over 18ha in total. They are both unirrigated, hand pruned and hand-picked, as are the few other local vineyards from whom Moss Wood source fruit. Wines made here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.