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Colour and condition:
Deep, brick red hue; bright condition.
Dark and red berry aromas of blueberry, blackberry and redcurrant, plus some violets, cloves, dark jube and musk, a sure indicator of the presence of Petit Verdot. The complex background is all about Cabernet Sauvignon, with lots of tar, dark chocolate, tobacco and even some cinnamon and toasty oak.
There is a concentration of all features which make this a classic, low-crop Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, which in many ways, takes us all the way back to 1981. A full-bodied wine, there are generous blueberry and blackberry flavours, as well as dark, chocolate, coffee and licorice that fill the mid-palate. They sit over a structure of fresh acidity and concentrated tannin, making the wine bright, long and, for Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, quite taut.
When we arrive at our cellaring advice, we always come up with the same question. What are the comparable vintages from the past? The prior years with similar yields were 1981, 2009, 2015 and 2016 and of those, the first two were hail-affected. The 2020 definitely brings back memories of the tannins of the ’81 but also some of the pretty aromas of the ’15. The key for us, though, is the 2020 is very much in the style of former and with that as our cellaring guide, this new vintage has a long life ahead and we anticipate relatively gradual development. As always, it has Moss Wood’s typical early balance, with a youthful fruit depth that is enjoyable now. However, do not be fooled. Beneath the velvet glove is a clenched fist that will keep this wine going for many decades and it may well repeat the performance of its older sibling and take 2 decades to show significant development.