Moss Wood Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Deep brick red, in bright condition, the nose on the Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 is a classic snapshot of what the 2008 vintage was all about. The aroma contains the typical Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon characters of mulberry and red currant but these are given significant lift by pretty notes that can be traced back to the early Autumn. Cabernet’s rose-like and pomegranate scents are not often retained but in this wine they help the nose fill the glass. In the background the wine still retains the typical dark chocolate, earth and leatherlike complexities, as well as spicy, toasty oak.
The palate displays the warmer, early phase of the season. A classic Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, with fully ripened fruit flavours of mulberry and raspberry, that are long and generous. These sit over good acidity and wellbalanced, fine-grained tannin, giving a seamless feel. The finish is a combination of oak flavours and tannin that extend the length.
Although the growing season 2007/2008 was near copybook, it had two quite distinct phases.
It started with bud burst dates all close to average but as the season progressed,Spring temperatures gradually warmed, speeding up vine development. This produced a curious anomaly between the early and late varieties. Pinot Noir, for example,flowered on 10th November 2007, which is exactly its average flowering date. On the other hand, Cabernet Sauvignon, which has a budburst about 4 weeks later and would normally flower on or about 26th November, went through on the 15th, so obviously the late Spring weather was warm and very much to the vines’ liking.
As Summer progressed, the warm theme continued and meant we anticipated an early harvest. Things went very much as planned when we started picking the Pinot Noir on 4th February, meaning it had taken only 88 days to get from flowering to harvest, about 7 days faster than normal.
Everyone assumed we would have another 2007-type year and vintage would be over in one big rush.
However, at about this time, the weather began to get adistinctly autumnal feel and the nights, in particular, became quite cool and so we had reached the second phase. A look at the temperatures reveals overnight minima for February and then March were the lowest we’d had for some time, so we didn’t just imagine it. The cooler weather slowed the ripening and we began to delay each pick until by the time we got to the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest, the pace had become almost leisurely!
Although we approach each new vintage with specific intentions about how each wine will be made, invariably the best laid plans of mice and men tend to unravel as the pressure comes on. However,in 2008 the early Autumn meant we had the good fortune to be able to watch and wait as each block came gently to maturity and it made for an unusually orderly process.
There are 5 different Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards at Moss Wood and all are picked and made separately. Each block has particular traits which come together in the final blend to make the wine that consumers would recognise as our Cabernet Sauvignon.
In 2008, as each section matured we picked it, then waited for the next to be ready. These blocks are literally only metres apart but there are sufficient differences in soil profile, aspect and altitude for them to have unique flavours. Winery Notes
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