Moss Wood Ribbonvale Merlot
Colour and condition: Deep brick red hue; in bright condition.
Nose: The nose opens with a lifted display of the dark fruits, especially blackberries and blueberries. There is also a floral note, reminiscent of roses. Behind this lies Merlot’s complex notes, typically found in all its best wines – tar, leather, pencil shavings, combined with some light charry oak and earthy notes.
Palate: This follows a similar thread to the nose, where the initial impact is generous blue and back fruits, filling the front and mid-palate. It is full bodied and it has a supple feel, with the tannins in good balance. The finish is a classic combination of Merlot’s firm, drying tannin, sitting beautifully with the tarry and earthy notes and the background of soft oak.
Cellaring: We definitely recommend medium to long term cellaring for this wine. Yes, it’s from a very good vintage, with the fruit depth and balance of a classic year, supple and very easy to drink. Don’t be deceived. This has the structure to last for decades and those who prefer some age on their wines won’t be disappointed. We recommend a minimum cellaring time of 5 to 10 years, by which time the wine will have begun to soften just a little. Full maturity will be reached after 20 years of age.