2011 Moss Wood "Moss Wood Vineyard" Wilyabrup Margaret River Western Australia
Moss Wood at its best, everything in its right place, perfectly balanced, and speaking of the vineyard, the vintage, the variety and the winemaker with equal conviction. Full purple-crimson; supple blackcurrant fruit is cosseted by superfine, but persistent, tannins and high quality French oak.
A bright, fragrant and aloof style of cabernet sauvignon that has plenty of lively and vibrant fruit in the mix, behind cedary oak and a gentle layer of leaves and brick dust. The fruit is in the Wilyabrup spectrum of red berries and cassis. The palate has smooth, fabric-like tannins on offer with an evenly formed, graceful and slow-building ascent through to the finish. Very nicely framed up, well balanced and a gently fleshy release through the finish. Drink in 2019.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing nose of mulberries, black-plum preserves, cassis and blueberries with an undercurrent of violets, cedar and menthol. Medium-bodied and demonstrating great finesse, even at this youthful stage, the expressively perfumed, black-fruit flavors are nicely framed by firm, ripe tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with incredible length. Drink it 2015 to 2025+. (LPB)
Perhaps the best young wine I've tasted from Margaret River, this makes a compelling case for the region's Cabernet. Pure cassis fruit is lifted and framed by hints of toasted cedar, making for soaring aromatics and flavors, but what sets this wine apart is the tender, silky texture married to ample weight and richness. The finish lingers, with a supple, dreamy character that speaks to a gentle climate and careful winemaking. Drink now - 2030. (JC)
Inky ruby. Sexy dark berry and candied cherry scents are given depth by suave oak spice, vanilla and fruitcake nuances. Sweet cassis and blackberry flavours show excellent clarity, along with suggestions of anise and mocha. Gains sweetness with air, taking on floral pastille and vanilla qualities that carry through a long, clinging, lightly tannic finish. (ID)
Supple, bright and expressive, with cherry, licorice and floral flavors that persist charmingly against lightly crunchy tannins on the finish. (Web Only - 2015)
Very dark crimson. Round and sweet and balsamic. Warm year and broad and sweet. Charming and fresh. Willyabrup. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot.
Winemaker's Notes: "Deep brick red; bright condition. Very scented; red fruit aromas of red currant and pomegranate; dark fruit aromas of blueberry and mulberry; floral, ethereal notes of violets, spice, dried herbs and red currant jelly; a background of tar, liquorice, seaweed, earth and cedar. On the palate - immediate impact of vibrant fruit flavours; red currant, black currant, rich, long and generous; full body; great length and breadth; very silky tannin gives the wine density and concentration but with excellent balance and leaves a smooth texture; soft, tarry oak notes on the finish.The fruit depth and balance of this wine is such that it has tremendous, immediate appeal and can certainly be enjoyed now and over the next five years. However, purists need not fear because we also strongly recommend it for cellaring for at least 15 years, by which time the tannins will have softened a little and there will be some evidence of the bottle bouquet. To allow the wine to reach final maturity and display its full array, it should be cellared for 25 years."