Includes splashes of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Good but perhaps overly predictable for the money…or at least for my money.
Sweet, concentrated cassis with gum leaf and a ripple of raspberry. Fleshy Cabernet stuffed with ripe fruit flavour and coated in swathes of creamy, malted oak. Choc-vanilla. Flows well but offers no surprises or intrigue. Tannin is tightly knit and the finish is extensive. Some dark pouch tobacco to close – White Ox even, which always reminds me of rehabs or prisons. 92
Region: Margaret River
Tasted: June 2014
Ha, ha. You are very open about your exposure to rehabs and prisons, Jeremy. Good on you! I think that particular tobacco has got a bit of a following in those establishments because of its high nicotine content(smokers can go longer between hits as a result).
I was tickled by a comment in the tasting note of this wine in the Moss Wood mailout :
“….We also strongly recommend it for cellaring for at least 15 years, by which time the tannins will have softened a little and there will be some evidence of bottle bouquet”.
I would bloody well hope so after hanging in for that long!
You can learn a lot visiting rehabs and prisons Geoff Interesting comments from Moss Wood. I have no reason to think it won’t age but I didn’t find it that closed as a young wine.