93pointsMoss Wood 2015 Wilyabrup Ribbon Vale Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River)

Cellar Selection

This esteemed Margaret River estate first produced a wine from the over 40-year-old Ribbon Vale vineyard in 2013, three years after purchasing the neighboring block. This vintage is shy at first, begging for a decanter. But once it gets air, it positively billows from the glass, with pretty fruit and floral aromas, dried mint, oregano and baking spices. Tannins are powerful and drying yet fine and savory, framing silky juicy fruit. The oak creeps in on the palate, but overall, this is well set up for a long life. Drink 2021–2034. Christina Pickard

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  • Alcohol
    14%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Red
  • Importer
    American Spirits Exchange Ltd
  • Date Published
    1/1/2020
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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