2018 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot


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A vintage that produced some spellbinding wines and this is right up there with some of the best. This is high-class merlot displaying power and poise. The structure and combination of oak fruit and tannin is excellent. Leafy fruit with a trace of black fruits and dark plum. The palate has a grainy texture accentuated by the chalky tannins. Moss Wood has put a lot of time in managing this vineyard which they bought some years ago, with a particular emphasis on tannins. This is a merlot that makes quite a statement.
Ray Jordan
The Brief
Alcohol
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Cellar to
2031
How's it taste?
Red and black fruits, coffee bean, a sort of honey/floral perfume, and a bit of tar. It’s medium-bodied, has some savoury tobacco and black olive character in with red berries and plum, tannins is fine and powdery, dense and perfectly ripe, some cedar and subtle mint and seaweed flavour comes through on a long finish. Lovely balance.
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97 Points
Ray Jordan
A vintage that produced some spellbinding wines and this is right up there with some of the best. This is high-class merlot displaying power and poise. The structure and combination of oak fruit and tannin is excellent. Leafy fruit with a trace of black fruits and dark plum. The palate has a grainy texture accentuated by the chalky tannins. Moss Wood has put a lot of time in managing this vineyard which they bought some years ago, with a particular emphasis on tannins. This is a merlot that makes quite a statement.
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96 Points
Erin Larkin - Halliday's Wine Companion
Pretty, succulent red fruits are all wrapped up in fine, shapely tannins. Supple, lithe and elegant. A beautiful wine.
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95 Points
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
Stylish and beautifully fragrant, showing dark plum, sweet cherry, mixed spice and roasted nut aromas with a lovely floral overtone. The palate displays succulent fruit intensity together with silky texture and elegant oak infusion, finishing wonderfully long and delectable.
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94 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
There’s 5% Cabernet Franc in the mix, and a modest 15% new oak. New labels too, which are what you might call Margaret meets Bordeaux in style. I like them, as an aside.Well, this is a good expression of Merlot, to be sure. Red and black fruits, coffee bean, a sort of honey/floral perfume, and a bit of tar. It’s medium-bodied, has some savoury tobacco and black olive character in with red berries and plum, tannins is fine and powdery, dense and perfectly ripe, some cedar and subtle mint and seaweed flavour comes through on a long finish. Lovely balance. All just so. Svelte. Polished. Really good.
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Expert Review
94 Points
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review
Elegant, supple merlot with raspberry, mulberry and dark cherry, together with a seasoning of spice and dried herb flavours. A complex, savoury wine, with a backbone of peppery tannins. It should develop very well in bottle.
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