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A Stunning 97-Point Collectible Cab - Limited and In-Stock - 02/07/2018 - Australia

You may have noticed, we’ve been talking a lot about Margaret River Cabs of late and there’s very good reason for that. This appellation located in southwest Western Australia has been quietly producing world-class wines for the last several decades. It is not until recently, however, that many have come to the realization that the top estates from here are making wines that are on par with and, in many instances, exceeding the quality of those from Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Unlike these two famed regions, Margaret River has yet to command top dollar for their wines. A better example of this couldn’t be found than in the 2014 Moss Wood "Wilyabrup" Cab. Earning unanimous praise from the critics with points ranging from 94+ to 97, it is a classic Cab in every respect. Regal, poised, and built on an impressive frame, it is, as James Suckling put it, “a class act.” That it can be had for under $70 is nothing short of astounding. We are exclusive on this hard-to-find gem, making this potentially your only opportunity to secure gorgeous effort.

Moss Wood, which has been making wine since 1979, has built a reputation for crafting wines of impeccable clarity and balance. The 2014 captures these characteristics beautifully showing the beauty of Margaret River fruit and stand on par with such historic vintages as 2001 and 2005. For those who love Cabs that are at once sumptuous and structured, the "Wilyabrup" Cab fits the bill perfectly. Given the past success of other Margaret River Cabs, we expect this stunner to fly off the shelves. Cabs with this kind of points and priced under $100 don’t come along often. We strongly urge you give it a spin to see what all the hype is about.

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2014 Moss Wood "Wilyabrup" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia ($69.99)

97 points James Halliday: "Moss Wood's flagship wine is a structured beauty with nothing out of place. The gloss of the colour, the florals, blackberries and mulberries infused with black olives, dried herbs and eucalypt; the French oak and the fine-grained tannins seal the deal. Very even and will reward the patient."

96 points James Suckling: "A stylish edition of regal Margaret River cabernet that has plenty of ripe dark cherries and blackcurrants as well as cedar oak, violets, hints of chocolate, terracotta, bay leaf and some gentle gravelly notes. The ripe tannins deliver a smooth and seamless palate that climbs in layers of complex flavors. Effortless power, great concentration and perfect ripeness. A class act. Drink now or hold." (01/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The latest release of the wine that made Moss Wood's reputation, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon doesn't disappoint. Striking aromas of vanilla, cedar and crème de cassis lead into a palate that's packed with fruit, dark chocolate and faint herbal notes that impart a savory edge to the flavors. It's supple and creamy in texture yet powerful and concentrated, with fine-grained tannins that frame the long finish. It's another in a long lineage of top-notch Cabernets from Moss Wood."

K&L Notes: 94+ Wine Front: "Boysenberry, blackberry, violets, fennel seed, and that earthy/ferrous thing that Moss Wood often shows. Oak feels pared back and adds a layer of cedar and toast. Medium to full bodied, earthy and savoury, with some new leather too, along with black fruits, mint and spicy toasted oak. Tannin is ripe and sure, acidity fresh and well settled, and the finish shows glimmers of red fruit in with the black, with fleshy tannin shaping and extending the finish. It’s a very strong release from Moss Wood, beautifully balanced, and it feels particularly age-worthy too. Yep."

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

This is a wine that should make most winemakers in California and Bordeaux jealous. This is a wine of richness and restraint. A wine with immediate impact and subtlety. It is extremely generous yet not completely forthcoming. It is a wine for tonight and a wine for the cellar. It is the best of both worlds, Napa and the Medoc, it is just what we have come to expect from Margaret River and especially Moss Wood. A wine for all drinkers to pay attention to.

Staff ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

Margret River continues to build its status in and among the most famous Cabernet producing regions in the wine world, and it is easy to see why if we compare their geography with the big boys (Napa, Sonoma and Bordeaux): all on the west coast of a continent with a distinct oceanic influence, undulating terrain with depleted soils, and historically dry summers. Margret River may have only passed its 50th birthday last year, but be sure we will continue to hear about the burgeoning rivalry for greatest Cab region well past their centennial. The Mugford family has been key to that rising status of Margret River from their perch in the northern region of Wilyabrup (willy-ab-RUP) since 1979. Situated perfectly on the Indian Ocean and benefiting from the gravel-strewn loamy soils, their property (and of course their efforts) perennially turns out world class Bordeaux varietals. The 2014 Wilyabrup is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The nose is an intense array of black cherry, blackberry, baking spice and a mintiness that leans toward a crushed eucalyptus seed dried in the sun; dusty, brambly and minty all in one. Cassis and vanilla bean develop with time in the glass. On the palate the fruit and spice elements persist as the tannins reveal structure that does not mask the flavor but embraces and prop it up. Surprisingly balanced at its young age, there is no surprise why the critics are already swooning.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

I have written several reviews for Margaret River Cabernet because the quality from here for the price is so unbelievable. Moss Wood is one of the greats from this region and their Wilyabrup, the wine that put them on the map, shows why. Perfectly balanced aromatics of blackberry, cedar, vanilla, and cassis blend together on the nose. The wine shows a lush fruit mid-palate while maintaining grace and elegance through the finish. The tannin here is polished and integrated and blend together seamlessly.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

Margaret River has recently been producing some of my favorite Cabs and this Moss Wood certainly gets on the list as on of my tops. It comes across as bright and fresh, with the quintessential woodsy Oz backdrop. It is more juicy than other Cabs of the region, but I find that to be a revelation and makes the wine so fun to drink now. This is phenomenally good Cabernet and Moss Wood has hit the top of my list as the new great producer.