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Moss Wood Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon

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Category: Wines Red WA
Subcategory: Cabernet Sauvignon
Brand: Moss Wood

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"Nose: A classic Cabernet combination of blueberries, violets, blackberries with tar and cedar notes. The musky, black fruit note also suggests the higher percentage of Petit Verdot this year. There’s also pencil shavings and pomegranate and a very light toasty oak. Palate: In the traditional Moss Wood style, the first impression here is one of bright, generous blue and black fruit flavours, sitting over concentrated but balanced tannin. It’s the classic vineyard statement. However, there is also some pointers to the 2017 season, with crisp acidity, giving the palate a taut, almost zippy feel. The finish is firm, with a very light touch of toasty oak, mixing with cedar and tar."- Moss Wood Wines.
 

PRODUCTION NOTES

All the fruit was hand-picked and delivered to the winery where it was destemmed and placed in small, open fermenters. Each batch was seeded with multiple yeast strains and hand-plunged three times per day for extraction.  Time on skins was typically 14 days, although one batch was pressed after a rare 22 days in the fermenter.  As always, each one was tasted daily and pressed according to taste.

In May 2017, after malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, each batch was racked to wood.  All barrels were 228 litre French oak and 15% were new.  In November 2018 all the individual batches were racked and blended for the first time.  The final makeup of the assemblage was 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc.

People familiar with the traditional Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon blend will note the higher percentage of Petit Verdot than is usual.  As we noted above, we had a surprisingly high yield.  We had no hesitation including it in the blend because the mighty 2001 was 89%, 7% and 4%, respectively.  We were more than happy with how that turned out.

In October 2019 the wine was racked from barrel for the final time and we conducted fining trials to see if we could improve the tannin balance but no fining was necessary.  It was then sterile filtered and bottled on 1st Nov, 2019.

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR AND CONDITION

Deep brick red, in bright condition.

NOSE

A classic Cabernet combination of blueberries, violets, blackberries with tar and cedar notes.  The musky, black fruit note also suggests the higher percentage of Petit Verdot this year.  There’s also pencil shavings and pomegranate and a very light toasty oak.

PALATE

In the traditional Moss Wood style, the first impression here is one of bright, generous blue and black fruit flavours, sitting over concentrated but balanced tannin.  It’s the classic vineyard statement. However, there are also some pointers to the 2017 season, with crisp acidity, giving the palate a taut, almost zippy feel.  The finish is firm, with a very light touch of toasty oak, mixing with cedar and tar.

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