Moss Wood Amy's Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Moss Wood's Amy's cabernet sauvignon from 2010 is a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 32% petit verdot, 12% malbec and 5% merlot.  It is therefore a "Bordeaux" blend, although I have had few wines from Bordeaux with such a high percentage of the very late ripening petit verdot.  Petit verdot is however  a grape eminently suited to ripening in regions warmer than Bordeaux, and I happen to like its Australian

I think of the Amy's label of Moss Wood, as in effect being their "second wine" - a chance to try an echo of their grand vin at a more affordable price.  From the bottle, the wine is bright, with a pronounced intensity expression of a purple colour, and legs evident.  The nose is youthful with a medium-pronounced intensity primary fruit aroma of jammy blackcurrants, anise and spice (cloves).  The palate displays similar flavours - blackcurrants, cloves and anise, with medium fine grain tannins and length.

The wine is only young at this point and I expect it will improve.  It did seem to lack some body and length on the mid-palate, and I felt I would like to see this wine in the low $20s, rather than in the $30s.  It is however otherwise a very good example of a Margaret River cabernet blend.  87 points (very good)

Abv: 14%
Price: $30-$35
Vendors: the winery appears to have stocks at the lower price point
Tasted: March 2012
Margaret River
March 17, 2012

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