Wednesday, 8 June 2016

2009 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon

Is it possible to have had enough Pinot Noir?

4 June 2016

Pinot Noir the evening before.

A road trip today to Portsea with a picnic lunch at Point Nepean.

The trail home lead us through the Mornington Peninsula. Having been through this wine area before in search for Pinot I have been unimpressed.

Eldridge Estate provided some interest on the last trip. I picked up two wines from the same vineyard row that had bottled separately. One from the North end of the row, the other from the South. It was remarkable the difference in the two wines. 

The 2014 wines had just been released. I like what David Lloyd is doing here. His attention to detail and obsession with showing the subtle terrior variance in his small vineyard.

His 2014 reds seemed more like the usual Mornington stuff however. Over ripe fruit, heavy oak and a strong red cordial flavour.

I grabbed the North/South pack again, but at $75.00 a bottle I am not sure if I will continue to do so.

The red wine line up at Eldridge Estate cellar door.

A quick detour to Yabby Lake Wines, mainly to use the toilet. The wines were unremarkable to say the least.

One more stop before we headed home.

I had heard some good things about Moorooduc. 

I have a tendency to disregard what local wine writers have to say about Australian Pinot Noir. The platitudes for Moorooduc now seem to be international.

Credit where it is due. The McIntyre and Garden pinot's were some of the best I have tried from Mornington.

My most trustworthy Burgundy supplier has pointed me in the direction of a young wine maker doing some very good things with fruit sourced from Gippsland, Mornington and Yarra.

With this in mind I will limit my Australian Pinot regular purchases to Curly Flat, Hill Crest, Moorooduc and Dappled.

Tasting room at Moorooduc.

Winery at Moorooduc.

Pinot vines at Moorooduc.

Finally home and we are both a little over Pinot Noir, even Burgundy.

We picked these up at the Macedon Post Office. Always good value.

The slow cooker had been on all day. Beef ragu with orecchette pasta.

2009 Moss Wood Moss Wood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Decanted an hour before drinking.

Took another hour to finally open up.

Blackberries, dark chocolate, fresh herbs and fennel dominate the nose.

Great balance and weight on the palate. Gripping integrated tannins with excellent length.

A classy wine that will improve further with time.

Drink 2020-2025.

Craiglee open day tomorrow featuring Pinot!

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