Undoubtedly one of the stars of the Margaret River wine region, Moss Wood's premium 'Wilyabrup' Cabernet Sauvignon has firmly entrenched itself among Australia's greatest red wines, and despite it's hefty price (RRP $130) generally sells out within days of release. As the 'little sister' to their super-premium release, Moss Wood's Amy's Cabernet offers a super appealing example of Margaret River Cabernet at a fantastic price.
WINEMAKER'S NOTES: Across all the varieties in the Amy’s blend, we use a similar technique, with fermentations in closed tanks, with pump-overs for colour and flavour extraction. Time on skins is typically shorter than the Moss Wood and Ribbon Vale reds, varying from 9 days for the Petit Verdot to 16 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. After pressing, the wine was blended and then racked to 228 litre French oak barrels, although there was no new oak. Our intention is to ensure the Amy’s always has good fruit depth and so a short time in old barrels gives us sufficient complexity.
The final blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot.
TASTING NOTE: The theme of the nose is ripe berries, with all the typical features of the 4 varieties in the blend – red current from Cabernet Sauvignon, blackberry from Merlot, plums and spices from Malbec and black jubes and musk from Petit Verdot. In the same mould as the nose, the palate has great fruit concentration and length, courtesy of all the dark berry flavours. This sits over and all but covers a firm structure of acid and tannin, so the result is very drinkable.
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