Marvelous Moss Wood

Moss Wood (Photo: Bob Campbell MW)

I visited Moss Wood in Margaret River in 2003 and was impressed by their wines and winery, not to mention owners Clare and Keith Mudford. I greatly appreciate their regular supply of new release wines which generally perform well on the tasting table.

My favourite wine among a quartet of bottles that arrived recently was their 2014 Ribbon Vale Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (NZD $65) with its classical cedar and cassis flavours and taut structure of fine, drying tannins that guarantee it will age magnificently. I’d love to taste it again in another decade.

That sentiment also applies to 2016 Moss Wood Wilyabrup Margaret River Semillon (NZD $38) a typically taut, youthful wine, which I expect to be far more accessible with a little bottle age. More weight and richness than the more Riesling-like Hunter River benchmark.

The 2014 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot (NZD $65) is a complex and rather savoury (and oaky) red that also promises good cellaring potential. It’s an elegant wine with a recognisable Margaret River character.

The 2015 Moss Wood Amy’s (NZD $38) is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. The most accessible wine of the bunch with sweet plum, berry and spice flavours.

Moss Wood is distributed in New Zealand by MacVine.

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