2014 Moss Wood "Wilyabrup" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia SKU #1317820


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K&L Notes

94+ Wine Front: "Boysenberry, blackberry, violets, fennel seed, and that earthy/ferrous thing that Moss Wood often shows. Oak feels pared back and adds a layer of cedar and toast. Medium to full bodied, earthy and savoury, with some new leather too, along with black fruits, mint and spicy toasted oak. Tannin is ripe and sure, acidity fresh and well settled, and the finish shows glimmers of red fruit in with the black, with fleshy tannin shaping and extending the finish. It’s a very strong release from Moss Wood, beautifully balanced, and it feels particularly age-worthy too. Yep."

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a wine that should make most winemakers in California and Bordeaux jealous. This is a wine of richness and restraint. A wine with immediate impact and subtlety. It is extremely generous yet not completely forthcoming. It is a wine for tonight and a wine for the cellar. It is the best of both worlds, Napa and the Medoc, it is just what we have come to expect from Margaret River and especially Moss Wood. A wine for all drinkers to pay attention to.
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    Margret River continues to build its status in and among the most famous Cabernet producing regions in the wine world, and it is easy to see why if we compare their geography with the big boys (Napa, Sonoma and Bordeaux): all on the west coast of a continent with a distinct oceanic influence, undulating terrain with depleted soils, and historically dry summers. Margret River may have only passed its 50th birthday last year, but be sure we will continue to hear about the burgeoning rivalry for greatest Cab region well past their centennial. The Mugford family has been key to that rising status of Margret River from their perch in the northern region of Wilyabrup (willy-ab-RUP) since 1979. Situated perfectly on the Indian Ocean and benefiting from the gravel-strewn loamy soils, their property (and of course their efforts) perennially turns out world class Bordeaux varietals. The 2014 “Wilyabrup” is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The nose is an intense array of black cherry, blackberry, baking spice and a mintiness that leans toward a crushed eucalyptus seed dried in the sun; dusty, brambly and minty all in one. Cassis and vanilla bean develop with time in the glass. On the palate the fruit and spice elements persist as the tannins reveal structure that does not mask the flavor but embraces and prop it up. Surprisingly balanced at its young age, there is no surprise why the critics are already swooning.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    I have written several reviews for Margaret River Cabernet because the quality from here for the price is so unbelievable. Moss Wood is one of the greats from this region and their Wilyabrup, the wine that put them on the map, shows why. Perfectly balanced aromatics of blackberry, cedar, vanilla, and cassis blend together on the nose. The wine shows a lush fruit mid-palate while maintaining grace and elegance through the finish. The tannin here is polished and integrated and blend together seamlessly.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Margaret River has recently been producing some of my favorite Cabs and this Moss Wood certainly gets on the list as on of my tops. It comes across as bright and fresh, with the quintessential woodsy Oz backdrop. It is more juicy than other Cabs of the region, but I find that to be a revelation and makes the wine so fun to drink now. This is phenomenally good Cabernet and Moss Wood has hit the top of my list as the new great producer.


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