Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

The 2000 vintage in Margaret River appears to have been solid rather than excellent, with Langtons describing it thus:

"An early vintage marked by heavy rains and severe anti-cyclonic weather. This was very much a vineyard management year with the best wines made off low cropping well-sited vineyards.  Downy mildew – newly discovered in Margaret River – caused little damage. Some relatively good wines were made despite the difficult conditions. Cabernet was often picked earlier than Shiraz.  7/10"

But Moss Wood is not just any producer.  Their 2000 cabernet opened to some challenging aromas - vanilla, herbs and what I will call "fly spray".  With time in the glass it settled down, shedding all of these aromas, replacing them with more classic black fruits and a leafy character.  Decanting is a must on this tasting.  The palate though was settled from the beginning, initially rebutting the aroma, then merging with it.  Excellent length, with great blackcurrant flavours.  This is an outstanding wine.  90 points.

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $90+
Margaret River
July 6, 2011

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