Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
Colour and condition: A typically dark Cabernet Sauvignon brick red hue; bright condition.
Nose: The impact of the long, mild season is evident on the nose. The classic Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon notes of red currant and tar are brightened by scented mulberry and violet notes. That said, this wine also displays the complex earth and leather notes we see in the cooler years. There is also just a light touch of spicy oak to round things out.
Palate: It is here, in particular, where we see the progress we have been making with this vineyard although we can’t claim it all. The high-quality vintage must take at least some of the credit. The classic Ribbon Vale structure is still evident and it has a solid tannin structure. However, the blue and red fruits give a generous mouthfeel, dare we say even an almost Moss Wood-like balance and smoothness. There is good length and the flavours run all the way to the end where the oak rounds things out nicely.
Cellaring: As with all of our Cabernet Sauvignon wines, when we have a good year, we now confidently predict very long term aging and this wine is no exception. It will take between 5 and 10 years to see the first impact of the aged characters but for those who prefer their wines fully mature, we recommend it be cellared for at least 25 years.