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