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Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2017 / 2018 (RV) (Bundle of 12bots)

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Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2017 / 2018 (RV) (Bundle of 12bots)

TASTING NOTES
COLOUR AND CONDITION:
Deep brick red hue; in bright condition.

NOSE:
The nose opens with a lifted display of the dark fruits, especially blackberries and blueberries. There is also a floral note, reminiscent of roses. Behind this lies Merlot’s complex notes, typically found in all its best wines - tar, leather, pencil shavings, combined with some light charry oak and earthy notes.

PALATE:
This follows a similar thread to the nose, where the initial impact is generous blue and back fruits, filling the front and mid-palate. It is full bodied and it has a supple feel, with the tannins in good balance. The finish is a classic combination of Merlot’s firm, drying tannin, sitting beautifully with the tarry and earthy notes and the background of soft oak.

CELLARING:
We definitely recommend medium to long term cellaring for this wine. Yes, it’s from a very good vintage, with the fruit depth and balance of a classic year, supple and very easy to drink. Don’t be deceived. This has the structure to last for decades and those who prefer some age on their wines won’t be disappointed. We recommend a minimum cellaring time of 5 to 10 years, by which time the wine will have begun to soften just a little. Full maturity will be reached after 20 years of age.

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  • 2017 GROWING SEASON We have certainly mentioned this before but we’ll happily say again, 2017 is one of the very best seasons we’ve had. The similarities with 1990 are uncanny and Keith gets a distant look in his eye as he waxes lyrically about what a sensational year that was. For those with an interest in these things, 1990 remains one of the very few vintages which was good for every Australian wine region. It’s worth noting 2017 was at the cooler end of our spectrum and as the season progressed, we were watching the weather with a degree of concern. Merlot and Cabernet Franc have few problems in a mild season but here in Margaret River, Cabernet Sauvignon can be brought undone by our autumnal rain. Luckily for us, April gave us a classic west coast Indian Summer and the vines were able to ripen the crop without a problem. The numbers speak for themselves. The cooler season is highlighted by the fact all 3 varieties took longer to ripen than normal. For Cabernet Sauvignon, the flowering to harvest interval was 131 days, 4 days longer than average, while Merlot took 125 days and Cabernet Franc 124 days, 6 and 4 days longer, respectively. The slower rate of ripening for Cabernet Sauvignon can also be partly attributed to its yield of 8.08 tonnes per hectare, a very solid 15% above average. For Merlot and Cabernet Franc, things went the other way. The former produced 6.27 tonnes per hectare, down by 20% and the latter yielded 7.19 tonnes per hectare, down 11%. It was wetter and colder when they went through flowering, with 8 days when the temperature dropped below 8°C. The sugar levels for all varieties were excellent, with Cabernet Sauvignon reaching 13.0 Baume and Merlot and Cabernet Franc 13.8 and 12.7, respectively. Just as importantly, the tannin and flavour ripeness were excellent across all three. The mild conditions have allowed them to express many of the pretty scented notes lost in warmer years. We experienced no complications with disease or bird damage and so after being as patient as we have ever been, we got started with Merlot and Cabernet Franc on 5th April, 2017. Cabernet Sauvignon followed on just over two weeks later on 20th April.