2014 Moss Wood "Amy's" Cab Blend Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $38)

SKU #1253136 95 points James Halliday

 A blend of cabernet, merlot, petit verdot and malbec overflowing with a rainbow of cassis/blackcurrant redcurrant, plum and mulberry on the bouquet and palate alike. So much is the impact of the fruit, it buries the tannins, but allows the French oak to add yet another flavour. Why not tonight?

93 points James Suckling

 Attractive blueberry fruits, cassis and red cherry too. A flinty graphite-like edge and subtle oak spice. Superb palate texture that's flawless, long and silky; blueberry fruit flavors run on velvety, fresh tannins, with blackberry to close. Drink now and for 6+ years.

91 points Bob Campbell

 A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. A fine, elegant red with dark berry, wood smoke and cedar flavours. Quite tight and youthful, with a strong oak influence. Clear potential for bottle development.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The color is a youthful deep, plum red hue; bright condition. On the nose classic young Cabernet aromas with lively and fragrant scents of black and red currants and satsuma plums. It has a complex back ground displaying white pepper spice, earth and tar and some very soft oak notes. The longer it spends in the glass, the more intense it becomes. On the palate the young Cabernet theme continues with a mouthfeel that is full bodied and generous, with concentrated black fruit flavours, sitting over a firm but balanced structure of acidity and tannins. It combines great length and an appealing juiciness for satisfying early drinking. This is a well-balanced and flavoursome young wine, enjoyable now, especially with full flavoured meat dishes. However, it has the structure to be aged for the short term, up to 5 years."

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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