Rich, ripe berry fruit and Wilyabrup characteristics of mulberries, cassis, chocolate and coffee bean - good use of oak - all the characters of fine claret, especially the skilful blending of top quality fruit and oak to produce complex, balanced wines with excellent depth of flavour and considerable length. Moss Wood Cabernet includes up to a combined total 4% of Cabernet Franc for its cherry like fruit aromas and 4% of Petit Verdot for its berry aromas and firmer structure.
Colour and condition: Deep brick red, in bright condition.
Nose: This shows a classic snapshot of what the 2008 vintage was all about. Of course, the aroma contains the typical Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon characters of mulberry and red currant but these are given significant lift by pretty notes that can be traced back to the early Autumn. Cabernet's rose-like and pomegranate scents are not often retained but in this wine they help the nose fill the glass. In the background the wine still retains the typical dark chocolate, earth and leatherlike complexities, as well as spicy, toasty oak.
Palate: Perhaps the observation could be made this displays the warmer, early phase of the season. A classic Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, with fully ripened fruit flavours of mulberry and raspberry, that are long and generous. These sit over good acidity and wellbalanced, fine-grained tannin, giving a seamless feel. The finish is a combination of oak flavours and tannin that extend the length.