The Moss Wood 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, youthful brick red colour and is in bright condition. On the nose the primary fruit aromas are typical of Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, showing mulberries, red currants and lifted violets. In the background there are complexities of dark chocolate, coffee bean, earth and cedar.
The palate has generous dark fruit flavours of great length and breadth, combined with the classic Moss Wood balance – richness underpinned by rounded tannins. The finish is a combination of cedar and chocolate notes, combined with charry, spicy oak flavours and more ripe tannins.
Looking back over the history of the vineyard, the team sees a commonality with the 1983 vintage in this wine. The similarities are the warm year and early vintage. Not surprisingly, the young wines were very similar, with ripe, concentrated fruit flavours and tannins. Perhaps the only notable difference between them is the additional complexity resulting from the use of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc in the 2003. Those varieties add lively fragrances to the nose and additional length and structure to the palate.
Accordingly, we have very high expectations for this vintage and believe it will give the great 2001 a run for its money in the quality stakes.