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2005 Moss Wood Amy’s Cabernet Sauvignon

image We recently popped the screw cap of a bottle of Margaret River stalwart Moss Wood’s “Amy’s” Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2005 vintage.

Moss Wood, for those who aren’t familiar with the very recognisable label, has been around for a long time and has garnered quite a reputation with Cabernet buffs.

A few years ago, AWG acquired a case of the signature 1989 vintage (not the Amy’s) and found it to be superb.  Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine which, given time, can really develop into a powerhouse – i.e. very powerful spices and tannins coupled with the velvety smoothness of Cabernet.

The 2005 vintage of Amy’s Cabernet Sauvignon, in the glass, has a very appealing plum/deep purple hue with a surprisingly aromatic bouquet with a slight sweet hint of sultanas and raisins.  The body was medium with a strong currant undertone (and ?French? oak).  Medium finish, tapered and very smooth.

This is a multi-regional Western Australian blend, with contributions from two vineyards – Glenmore and Montgomery Brothers vineyards.

Here’s Moss Woods’ own tasting notes (for comparison):

Tasting Notes

The wine has deep brick red colour and is in bright condition. On the nose, the Glenmore contributes its usual fruit aromas of blueberry and plum and Montgomery Brothers is all raspberries and violets. They combine to produce classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas with a soft oak background. The theme of bright fruit characters continues on the palate, where the wine has vibrant blueberry and mulberry flavours, full body, good length and a firm tannin finish.

2003 Moss Brothers Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Region: Margaret River, Western Australia

On the first sip of this bold red, it seemed we were looking at a very peppery, tannin laden wine but this was very deceiving, as sip after sip it grew on the palate to an excellent wine full of berries, a little oak and almost coffee flavours.

The nose was of oak and mint and it had a good clean finish. The wine accompanied a meal of ossobuco and there was no doubt that the strong flavours of the meal brought out the best in this wine.

The more the meal progressed the more the complexity of the wine became apparent.

However, this wine seems to be pretty near its peak and I would not leave it too much longer to open these bottles if you have any cellared.

Even my mother in law liked this wine, which was just as well as she made the ossobuco! I would look for this label again.