Moss Wood Wilyabrub Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2014
Grape variety, 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot with 32 months’ wood aging.
The colour is deep brick red and condition is bright. On the nose, the wine displays the full range of Cabernet fruit aromas – blueberries, blackberries and red currants, plus lifted perfumes of violets and pomegranate. As pretty as these characters are, underneath there are layers of leather, cedar and tar reminiscent of years like 1975 and 1995, adding significant complexity.
The palate is similarly a rich expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, with the full array of ripe mulberries and cassis, giving rich fruit depth and length. The structure is very supple and sits underneath this generous fruit. The acidity gives the flavours vibrancy and the tannin is concentrated but rounded, so the effect is one of smoothness and length. The finish is soft oak, leather and tar.
"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." 97/100 Jane Faulkner – James Halliday, The Wine Companion