Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2018


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Western Australia, Australia
93 points


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 are 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 into managing this vineyard which they bought some years ago, with a particular emphasis on tannins. This is a merlot that makes quite a statement.


93 points
Wine Enthusiast

The sea of Aussie Merlot is more like a pond, but this historic producer's version is one of its biggest fish. It's leafy (but not in an underripe way), with lively red berry and plum fruit, white pepper, savoury herbs and undergrowth. The palate delivers on the nose's promise, with a medium body, a nicely placed grip of spicy tannins, fresh fruit and those savoury herbal notes right to the finish. Chill slightly and pour with a pizza, porchetta, or bowl of pasta and tomato sauce. Drink now through 2029. Christina Pickard


Serving Temp.
16-18 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2030

Tasting Profile

Distinctly aromatic, with the full range of Merlot’s red and black fruits. Lots of blackberry, blueberry, plum and cherry, brightened by musk stick confectionery fragrance. Underneath lie the earthy complexity of tarry notes, plus toasty oak and leather.
The theme of generous dark fruit follows through on the palate, where the front and middle are immediately filled with blackcurrant, mulberry and licorice. This sits over a full body and typically firm Merlot tannin structure but the combination is supple and well-balanced, something we don’t often see in the young Ribbon Vale Merlots. The finish shows some tarriness and there is also some toasty oak evident.

Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2018

Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2018

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