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Legendary Penfold winemaker John Duval began his apprenticeship in 1974 under the tutelage of the late great Max Schubert. Duval's family had been supplying Penfolds with fruit and root stock for generations, many of South Australia's most prestigious vineyards were sown with cuttings from Duval's family property. Duval was awarded International Wine & Spirit Competition Winemaker of Year and twice London International Red Winemaker of Year. He now focuses on releasing painfully limited editions, assembled from precious parcels of elite Barossa vine, hand crafted by one of the world's most accomplished and peer respected winemakers... Ancient barossa hamlet vines»
A living legend and bespoke savant of the Australian wine industry, Geoff Merrill began his career in 1973 at Seppelt & Son, before completing tours of duty at Thomas Hardy and Chateau Reynella. Geoff acquired the historic Reynella wineworks in 1985 and has continued to craft many of McLaren Vale's most memorable vintages ever since. Mr Merrill has claimed countless industry accolades and many of our nation's most prestigious awards, including the hotly contested VISY Great Shiraz Challenge and the illustrious Jimmy Watson Trophy. Merrill offers a range of artisanal, limited release wines, of timely age, extravagant oak and sound value... The advanced age & luxury oak of mclaren vale's quiet achiever»

Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Margaret River Western Australia
A key to the success of Ribbon Vale is an astute understanding of how tannins develop through skin contact and fermentation. Through tasting, the right balance between fruit, tannin and the correct time to press is struck. Merlot is a contrary beast, the goldilocks of grapes and the porridge has to be just right. The inclusion of Cabernet Franc fulfills a long time ambition to, fashion Ribbon Vale in the style of the great right bank wines of Bordeaux. Delicious drinking now, for those who prefer the plump young flavours of Medoc in its youth.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$329.50
Fruit is hand picked and de stemmed into small, open fermenters. Inoculated to a pure yeast culture and vinified at controlled temperatures peaking at 28°C. Each batch is hand plunged thrice daily over the course of a fortnight, regularly tasted to ensure good extraction of flavour and tannin. As fermentation progresses, the treatment of varietal components begins to vary, batches are pressed at varying stages of completion, drained and treated to malolactic. Parcels are filled to a combination of seasoned and new 225 litre French oak barriques, racked and assembled in late summer, followed by an extended term of maturation and unfined bottling.
Deep brick red hue. Concentrated Cabernet fruit aromas of red currant, leather and cedar, complemented by fragrant notes of violets and rose. The Merlot adds mulberry and dark fruit, oak age adds complexity, charry and tarry characters. Generous red and dark fruit flavours give the wine a rich mid palate and good length. Smooth texture, displaying the exceptional balance which is the hallmark of Ribbon Vale.
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