A quick tasting with Moss Wood

1855 Bottle Shop, located at Triple One (Behind 313 shopping center) organize a free tasting event at the shop. 1855 Bottle Shop is a newly opened wine shop that carry a good range of wines from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Chile and Italian. Many Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois can’t be found in the shop with reasonable price. You may also find a small range Bordeaux First growth, Champagne etc in the Transtherm wine cellar.

Very crowded on the day, I believe the response to attend this free tasting was kinda overwhelming and thus, it was at least 30 attendances with not enough wines (2btls each). 5wines were served in this free tasting, and a pity that the Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is not feature. Buy hey, what to complain when the tasting is free? My thank you to 1855 Bottle Shop for their generosity to organize this free tasting event.

I have been to Moss Wood in Margaret River and had a fabulous time there to taste their full range of wine and most importantly, the barrel sample of their flagship -> Cabernet Sauvignon. To me, Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the very fine example in Margaret River alongside with Gralyn Estate, Woodlands and so on.


2009 Moss Wood Sémillon (Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River)

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Fresh, cold aromas of nutty, honey oak, pineapple, cold herb and creamy mineral, very expressive. The intense mid palate is lightly coated with creamy entry and quickly supersede by the ripe acidity with lots of new oak and grippy spiciness, crispy mouth feel with long, slight heaty finish with mineral and ripe yellow fruits aftertaste. A very good new world Semillon, just a tad heavy.

2009 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale (Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River)

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Lovely refreshing nose of guava, white floral and grapefruits. Crisp, refreshing palate but is herbish and diluted with kinda disjointed finishing that is short, with hint of bitterness and slight Semillon creamy mouth feel.

2008 Moss Wood Pinot Noir (Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Mornington Peninsula)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Simple, light aromas of sweet and sour cherry, mineral and herbish notes. The palate is sour, austere, acidic with some stew cherry fruits with somewhat diluted, heaty finish with iron metallic notes. Very straight forward, and the mineral is harsh hence the metallic note.

2007 Moss Wood Merlot Ribbon Vale (Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    When I tasted this, I have a very different aromas compare to my friend. There were 2bottles of this wine being served. I got lots of overripe fruits underneath the blackberry and vanilla oak that smelled cook, caramelized and alcoholic. I believed this bottle is slight cooked. The palate is better though, show herbish note with metallic mineral, spicy with creamy vanilla finish that is juicy and not so bad. But the alcohol heat that appeared at the very end distract a bit.

2008 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon Amy’s (Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River)

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Richness in the flight that show quite broad and sweet aromas of blackberry with vanilla that is creamy and intermixed with alcohol. Very sweet and fruity on the palate with licorice and alcohol heat with good underlying acidity that end slightly rubbery, metallic with heaty long finish.
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