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Award Winning Wines for » Fuller Bodied Dry Red Wines
- From the 2003 Competition

- Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Cab Sauv Merlot Cab Franc 2000 - Medal

Highly Commended Wine

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Judges' Comments


Quite a developed nose of cassis and spice. It is focused yet restrained. Very tight knit palate. Well balanced and harmonious. Elegant tapered finish. The freshness and the balance of the wine cuts through the richness of the food and makes a nice match.


Full strength wine. Pepper and spices. Fairly good tannins. Long. It is a match where everyone wins. The wine is better along with the dish thanks to the strength of the wine with its pepper and spices.


Savoury, earthy nose. Palate displayed some forest floor. Cedary, savoury character. Nice with food.


Black olive characters. Some dried herbs. Smoky oak. A soft style. There’s some blackberry, floral and orange peel characters here. Some complexity and some drying tannins right on the finish. There’s reasonable intensity and length with the food. They go together quite well, but there are still some tannins sitting there at the end.


Slight rustic nose which followed through to the palate. Complexity. Sweet mid palate. Oak integration. Fullness. Drying tannins on the finish. The length came through with the pie. It had bretanomysis. Was a bit more obvious with the food. The tannins stayed drying on the finish.


It had a curious, peanut and herbal character in the nose but not in the mouth. Good ripe fruit on the palate. Well balanced but I did find the nose rather off putting. With the food the nose seemed to be more subdued.


Redcurrant flavours. Some nice juiciness. Firm at the back but probably not too tannic. I didn’t like the nose very much and with food, I found it a bit hollow on the palate, lacking concentration. The finish however was quite nice.


Hint of the cow dung and more forest floor notes. Fruit character on the palate. Redcurrant, strawberries and a hint of raspberries. Good tannic structure. The cow dung notes are still evident with the food along with the redcurrant notes. Tannins still detectable but take a backward step.


Meaty notes. Beef jerky like notes, that lace through chewy, slightly earthy, black plum and cherry. Its chewy earthy finish is a bit of a challenge on its own and remains rather aggressive and meaty with the pie. The gamy notes of the pie and the wine seem to interplay in a way that isn’t pleasant but it’s not a flaw in the wine. It does remain a challenging wine.


Complex menthol, black fruit characters. Fairly sweet berry fruits. Broad style with vanilla on the finish. Dark berries are okay here. It could do with some acidity to cleanse the fatty ‘roo though.


A slight leathery, maybe even dirty nose with a fairly fragile fruit component but then good tannin texture. The wine can’t compete with food. It only cleans the palate and doesn’t reset it for the food.


Slightly animal, feral characters on the nose. There’s a hint of fruit greenness in there. The palate lacks a bit of sweet ripe fruit character. It’s a bit harsh and a bit drying. There’s a slightly barnyard character that runs through the wine. It turns a little bit bitter with the food.


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Country Of Origin

Wine Style
Fuller Bodied Dry Red Wines

Grape Variety
Margaret River 100% - 100%

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Typical Retail Price
AUD$28.00 (CD)

Alcohol 14.5% v/v

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Vanessa Garland

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