Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Margaret River)

Deep brick red hue in colour, the Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet has a range of fruit aromas that very few varieties can match. It dominates this wine, with red currant, leather and tar but unusually for Ribbon Vale, there is a suggestion of floral aroma, in particular, violets. The small percentage of Cabernet Franc has bolstered the black fruit note by introducing cherries and similarly for Merlot, which adds in blackberry.

Very smooth indeed and probably the best Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon we have made.

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Moss Wood Margaret River

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The fruit for the Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 was hand-picked and delivered to the winery where it was sorted and de-stemmed.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were both placed into small, open fermenters, seeded with multiple yeast strains for primary fermentation and hand plunged, 3 times per day for colour and tannin extraction. Both varieties remained on skins for 12 days and were then pressed to stainless steel and underwent malolactic fermentation. The time in the fermenter was one or two days less than we normally expect and is an indication of how well balanced the tannins are in the 2018 wines.

Merlot was placed in small, closed tanks for primary fermentation because we apply a slightly different technique. Initially, we chill the juice down to around 10°C and allow some extraction of colour without the presence of alcohol. It’s a technique we use on Pinot Noir but in open tanks. After 48 hours, we seed for primary fermentation with multiple yeast strains and pump the tanks over 3 times per day for extraction. We choose this over hand plunging in open tanks because, for reasons that are not entirely clear, we get better colour, in particular. After 16 days on skins each batch was pressed to stainless steel tank for malolactic fermentation.

For each variety the steps post-MLF were the same – adjusted and racked to 228 litre French oak barrels.

In December 2019, the final blends were assembled after tasting trials. The Cabernet Sauvignon was at its best with 96% of that variety, combined with 2% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and contained 16% new oak. Winery Notes


"With 2% each of merlot and cabernet franc. 27 months in French oak (16% new). 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. Drink by 2050."
97 Points - Erin Larkin, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

"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 Ribbon Vale Estate, the wines treated as vineyard-designated within the Moss Wood umbrella."
5 Star Winery - James Halliday

"Such a beautifully balanced cabernet. The key to this vineyard has always been tannin management. This is spot-on. Sure, there are tannins, but you want that with cabernet, right? There’s a minerally, slightly ironstone character threading through it with leafy blackcurrant and, slightly, back olive nuances. Dry savoury finish with a touch of bay leaf. Outstanding wine from an outstanding vintage. In fact, might well be the best cabernet yet from this vineyard."
96 Points - Ray Jordan, The Weekend West Australian

"I should imagine the estate Cabernet Sauvignon should be pretty strong in 2018, based on this showing. Dark and brooding style of Cabernet with deep black fruit, some red ones peeping up, walnut, liquorice and new leather, with a subtle dried rose floral thing, and light biscuity oak. Full-bodied, dark chocolate and orange, savoury earthy flavours, ripe and dense tannin, and a bright finish of excellent length. Shows the house style to full effect. It’s an excellent release."
94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, December 2020, Drink: 2022 - 2032+

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Case Qty6
Size (mL)750
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
BrandMoss Wood Margaret River
RegionMargaret River
StateWestern Australia
Dozen Buy$659.88
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