2017 RV Merlot
The Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot is regarded by many as WA's best Merlot.
Like every year the 2017 vintage is exceptional.
The nose opens with a lifted display of the dark fruits, especially blackberries and blueberries. There is also a floral note, reminiscent of roses.
This follows a similar thread to the nose, where the initial impact is generous blue and back fruits, filling the front and mid-palate. It is full bodied and it has a supple feel, with the tannins in good balance. The finish is a classic combination of Merlot’s firm, drying tannin, sitting beautifully with the tarry and earthy notes and the background of soft oak.
Partners in Wine WA notes: Medium to full bodied. Lot's of fruit. Smooth, well balanced. Near perfect!
Halliday Wine Companion rating system
94 Outstanding. Wines on the cusp of gold medal status, virtually indistinguishable from those wines receiving 95 points