+ don’t miss our Moss Wood Tasting – Friday 11th May from 4.30 to 7pm

Way back in the 1970’s, there were two vintages that came to define our Cabernet Sauvignon style, 1975 and 1976. As a consequence, we considered them almost like twins. They weren’t identical and each one drew attention because of their quality and style – the older sibling classically elegant and refined, the younger one plump and generous.

Much debate has surrounded which was best. In his article in the West Australian, “High Five”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the modern iteration of Margaret River, Ray Jordan noted the importance of them both but plumped for the ’75, as do we.

The idea of twins has come up again as we reflect on the style and quality of our new release 2015 vintage except this time they’re identical. We keep accurate records of vintage conditions and we have never had two seasons so alike as 2014 and 2015. The similarities between temperature, rainfall, season length and ripeness are remarkable. Down the track, it will be interesting to see who of the keen judges will be able to tell them apart in blind tastings.”

The 2014 arrived at Craft and was gone in days. With that in mind we’ve secured a little more of the 2015, but we don’t see it remaining here for long, particularly as we have winemakers Tristan Mugford and Alex Coultas at Craft on Friday 11 May tasting the newly released 2015 Cabernet.

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon is an icon and – along with Diana Madeline and the Wendouree reds (if you can get them) – the last bastion of great Australian wine that we can all afford.

“Deep red/purple colour, with a lightly toasty bouquet featuring some smoky oak, quickly giving way to violet and blackberry aromas with a sprinkling of dried herbs; the palate intense and fresh, clean and lively, with brilliant depth of dark and red berry fruit flavours. The acidity is refreshing on the finish and the tannins are firm and upright. This seems to be a more elegant style of Moss Wood, but still concentrated, and a long-term keeper. This is a great Moss Wood cabernet.” 98 Points, Huon Hooke

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