2008 Moss Wood "Ribbonvale" Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Margaret River

SKU #1091730 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining ruby. Aromas of cherry, raspberry preserves, minerals and pungent spices. Juicy, intense flavors of bitter cherry, vanilla and clove, with a suave floral pastille accent. An attractively restrained and focused blend, finishing with sweet, dusty tannins and very good length.  (10/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Established in 1969 by Bill Pannell (who has since moved South to Pemberton to focus on Pinot Noir), Keith Mugford began making wines at Moss Wood in 1979 and together with his wife, Clare, purchased it outright in 1985. The property has over the years proved itself as one of the finest producers in Margaret River. The Mugford's make a very, very good Chardonnay but it's the Cabernet Sauvignon that is most outstanding in the best vintages. 2008 was a cracker of a Cabernet vintage for Moss Wood.  (8/2011)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Nose: Complex. It combines primary fruits of red currant, briar and toffee apple with a background of cedar, leather and earth. Palate: There are initial generous, red fruit flavours across the front and mid palate; cedar, charry and spicy notes on the finish; tannins are firm but balanced and leave the wine with a long smooth finish...This is a wine with appealing young fruit flavours and is relatively enjoyable now. However, it has the fruit depth and tannin structure to age successfully and compares very favourably, in terms of style, with 2001 vintage which at 10 years of age is still very youthful and only just beginning to show some bottle bouquet. On this basis, we would recommend cellaring the 2009 for at least 10 years but suggest that it will need to be at least 15 years old before it will show full bottle development."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 14