Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon

Take-away pizza and Moss Wood Cabernet, what's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing! In his latest newsletter, Keith Mugford, Moss Wood's long standing wine maker, compares the newly released 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon to the 2003, one of the wines he really enjoys. As I happen to have the 2003 in my cellar, I thought I better find out about this comparison and if I might like the 2009.

The 2003 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon is a very concentrated wine. It almost tastes as if some water reduction has been applied. I know this is not the case, but the fruit flavours are so intense. In typical fashion, the wine tastes of dark berries, blackberry and mulberry in particular - very attractive. And the structure stands up to this flavour attack. Oak and tannins are well integrated. The wine runs down the palate in equal intensity from front to back.

This will be a balanced wine, which is just at the beginning of its drinking window. The Moss Wood Cabernet is one of maybe half a dozen Australian red wines, which not only increases complexity over time, but actually gets a lot better. I reported on the 1991 a few months ago, which was drinking beautifully. This 2003 wine will increase elegance dramatically from now on. The intensity will remain, as the wine mellows. This wine should be cellared another 3 years at a minimum. It will drink very well for another 20 years if cellared well.

So I am inclined to buy the 2009, but will I live long enough to see it at its peak?

Score: 96/+++


Anonymous said...

i bought a bottle of 2003 moss wood at auction recently i had planned to open it on my birthday but sounds like it needs to be aged for few more years yet?

not sure if to open it or not. i never had a moss wood before i do have a bottle of 2005 in cellar thought be good to try the 2003 now as guide to when drink the 2005 in future.

Alontin said...

They are both very good years for Moss Wood.The wines improve with extended maturing. However, you can glean from my note the 2003 is already good to drink. Do you know how it was cellared? If it was not in a cooled cellar, I would open it for your birthday. If it had perfect cellaring conditions, the decision is more difficult: you may miss out on a bit of extra, however, I have no doubt you would enjoy this wine now as well.


Anonymous said...

thanks for you advice i drink it for my birthday as i don't know how it was stored so that's good reason to open it. i give it a big decant and enjoy. thanks again alex.