After a pretty crazy 2016 that saw some of the most incredibly creative individuals in the world taken from us, it seems pertinent to reflect on my own somewhat auspicious year. I released 36 episodes of The Vincast wine podcast with incredible guests like Max Allen, Viv Thomson, Jane Faulkner, Guill de Pury and Iain Riggs. On my YouTube channel I chronicled the making of my first wine – a Heathcote Sangiovese – which I will be releasing early next year under the brand Vino Intrepido. I was named the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show Fellow and got a behind the scenes look at Australia’s most exciting wine show. In addition I was as a finalist for Digital Wine Communicator of the Year with Wine Communicators of Australia (the award was won by The Vincast guest Jane Thomson). Most importantly of all, I have a son arriving next year around the same time that I will hopefully be making my next wine(s)!
In 2016 I also tasted some incredible wines, and released almost 70 video tasting reviews under the Let’s Taste series on the IntrepidWino YouTube channel. Some of the wines were from my cellar, some were submitted by wineries, and some were gifts. The wines below are the ones that had the biggest impact on me this year!
The Intrepid Wino with his tasting partner Milly
On the second of two parts looking at Moss Wood wines, I taste four of their red wines. The Margaret River region is famous for it’s red wines made from Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and three of the four wines in this tasting are dominated by these grapes. The fourth is made from a well-known grape variety, that is not very common in this region; pinot noir.
Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011 – RRP $60.00
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2014 – RRP $65.00
Moss Wood Amy’s 2015 – RRP $38.00
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $65.00
Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2011, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Amy’s 2015
Moss Wood is one of the most historic estates in the Margaret River region, with original plantings occurring in 1969. They were generous enough to send me some samples, which I will taste across two editions of Let’s Taste. On this edition I look at two of their white wines, made from varieties synonymous with the region.
At home for dinner I had a look in the Intrepid Cellar, I pulled out two iconic Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon wines and did a Let’s Tate comparison. The first wine was the Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, which I bought some years ago on Langtons. The second was the Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, which I bought at a local bottle shop. Let me know what you think of my impressions, and be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel for more videos like this.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 and Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000