Tasting Notes (courtesy of MossWood.com.au)
Colour and condition:
Deep brick red, in bright condition.
A complex and powerful combination. The nature of the vintage is such that the fruit aromas are clear and dominant, showing violets, blueberries and red currants. However, in these types of years the depth of the nose is enhanced by background complex notes like tar, leather and chocolate. The lengthy barrel aging has enhanced these but the actual oak characters are spicy and toasty and don’t dominate.
In similar vein to the nose, this shows all the classic Moss Wood features associated with our very finest years. The fruit flavours of red currant and mulberry provide an initial rich, sweet front and mid-palate. The acidity provides good lift and makes the flavours bright. Tannin impact is very evident but not because the wine is firm. Rather, the phenolics are concentrated and build the mouthfeel without affecting the texture, such that the wine is smooth and long. On the finish the oak provides toasty and coffee bean flavours and some tannin for gentle grip.
Reviews and Accolades:
Exceptional* - Langton's Classification of Australian Wines V
The 5th Most Collected Wine in Australia – Wine Ark
The Wine Advocate
"Deep garnet-colored with a hint of purple, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon presents pronounced cassis, warm blackberry and spiced plum aromas with hints of dried mint, lavender, violets, cigar boxes and Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied with great poise and expression even at this primary, youthful stage, it has a firm level of fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone of acid through the finish with great length and depth."
“Cabernet franc and petit verdot are added; the wine is labelled cabernet sauvignon because the percentage is over 85%. Deep crimson purple; the fragrant bouquet sets the scene for a cascade of blackcurrant, redcurrant and cedary oak (over 30 months in barriques); supple tannins ensure long-term cellaring”
"Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($115) Such an elegant and refined example of Margaret River cabernet from this great name. Perfume notes of red berry, violets and cedary oak. Wonderfully enticing, with a smooth, seamless structure typical of Moss Wood carrying to a very long finish. Fine, silky tannins and cleverly applied oak work so well with the fruit. Will cellar for many years. (Best drinking: now -2033. Alc: 14 %)"
“Deep, dark red/purple: excellent colour. Almond meal and walnut, bayleaf over dark fruit aromas. Rich, full-bodied, robust wine with lovely fleshy texture and ample fine-grained tannins that run the full length of the palate. An excellent deep-set core of sweet fruit. Delicious wine: long, complete, satisfying.” Drink: 2013-2040."
Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller WINE
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"A rich, bold expression of Margaret River cabernet with great ageing potential."
Matthew Jukes, Top 100 Australian Wines 2013-14 Edition
"The 2010 is a work of art. It is incredible in every way, from the exceptionally attractive aroma of crushed blackcurrants and cedarwood to the mind-blowing texture and the hour long finish. It took me an age to unravel this wine in my glass and even then it was still swirling around in a vortex of sheer perfection. This is one of the great Cabernets of the world and 2010 is a legendary vintage."
Cameron Douglas MS
4 1/2 Stars
"I am immediately drawn to this wine because it is not (to me at least) a typicaly blowzy style of warmer climate Cabernet. Nose: This wine has a generous varietal bouquet with big black fruit centering on blackberry fruits, then black current and black cherry. The oak adds to the complexity with a generous amount of new oak aromas. The combination of these equals a generous and giving bouquet that is big, fresh, youthful and powerful. The typical herbaceous edge that Cabernet has seems toned down and in favor of very ripe fruit.
Palate: Dry, full-bodied and generous with black fruits, toasty flavors, herb and leather, clove and brown spices. Medium+ length and finish, a lovely example. Balanced and well made yet youthful."
Philip White, Drinkster
"This is about as close as we get to sublime Cabernet. From one of Australia’s most renowned vineyards in a knockout vintage, mature vines and the masterly touch of winemakers Clare and Keith Mugford, it’s a wine which the luckiest of us might still be relishing in 30 years – the Mugfords say their 2001 is only now beginning to lose some of its primary fruitiness, and that vintage was on a par with 2010. It’s a surly, confounding thing at first sniff: smudged and thick and furry with blueberry. As the great Brian Barry taught me 30 years ago, blueberry is a rare thing to capture in red wine, but when you have it, you’re rockin’. Blueberry’s not as pretty and floral a berry as many imagine. It’s nothing like blackcurrant, for example: it has little of that floozy fresh immediacy of blackcurrant, nor the naughty crème de cassis liqueur the Burgundians make from it. To me, blueberry’s meaty and pithy with hints of juniper berry – I like to keep some in my fridge until they shrivel, so I can refresh my idea of what they’re like. Anyway, this majestic bear of a thing initially smells like pure blueberry pulp. But as the oxygen of the air seeps into it, it reluctantly lets loose weeps of anise, bitter cooking chocolate and fresh-hewn blackwood. I suspect this latter tweak is not from oak – there’s barely any oak evident – but from the sheer weight of lignin pith the grapes grew all by themselves. It doesn’t appear to be ready to release any primary grape character. The wine is even more reluctant in the mouth, but trust Unca Phil: it truly is a beautiful beast that will be best after many years of cellar. It has astounding intensity and ideal balance: everything a great wine needs is in there in fine proportion. If you must trouble it young, give it a few hours of jug, and pour it into big glasses."
"A beautiful Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of black and red berries,cedar,spice,leaf/gravel and hints of black olive lead on to the palate that has the trademark Moss Wood stamp of perfect balance,cashmere tannins and a long,sustained finish. A great each way option....drink now or cellar to 2025 plus. Gold medal standard."
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“Salty, brackeny, gravelly notes extend through the finish and while there is good concentration of fruit flavour here I wouldnt call it any more than a smidge over medium weight. Fine, elegant tannin. Ageability is assured. This release looks the goods.”
*Exceptional is Langton's top wine Classification, as of 2010 there were only 17 wines ranked as exceptional including Henskchke Hill of Grace and Penfolds Bin 96 Grange.