Moss Wood Amy’s 2011

Wine of the Week by Rhys Gard

Wine: Moss Wood Amy’s 2011 Cabernet Blend
Region: Margaret River.
Price: $35-45.
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Tasted: May 2014
Best Opened: Now ‘til 2017.
90 Points
www.mosswood.com.au

It’s no secret that most of us here at Inside Cuisine are Francophiles. Coincidentally, it’s no secret France produces some of the best food and wine in the world. At the moment, I’m a little Bordeaux crazy. Which means when I dabble and drink an Aussie wine, I have a slight penchant for a Margaret River (both are west facing regions).

Decant Moss Wood’s Amy’s 2011 blend (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec and 9% Merlot) and expect the usual suspects: mulberry, blueberry, menthol and cedar. All the fruit was handpicked and it spent nearly a year in oak. It has quite a jubey bouquet, and maybe a little too much oak influence.

This wine is drinking very well now. The palate, in a word, is plump. It’s not as layered and soft as Bordeaux, but its tannins are supple and soft and I’d recommend you quaff this one sooner rather than later.

I’d love this wine with Roast turkey, but a loin of lamb with some lovely fresh vegetables wouldn’t hurt, either.

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