By Fergal Gleeson
Passel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 RRP $45
Some drinkers used to soft, fruity reds can find Cabernet’s tannins challenging. This would make a nice entry point for them as it captures Cabernet’s strengths without being forbidding! Blackcurrant and plum flavours are integrated with soft cedary tannins that complete the wine. It’s very approachable but has plenty of interest. Passel Estate has made great strides in a short period, earning a 5 star Halliday rating and ‘Best Small Cellar Door in Margaret River’ by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine in 2018. Cellar door open daily.
Rosily Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 RRP $55
An imperious red, that stamps it’s authority immediately with a dark brooding presence. Black fruit and chocolate flavours are prominent but tannins are smooth. Rosily Vineyards are certified organic and Winemaker Mick Scott reckons they have already seen the difference in the quality of the wine and their success at wine shows. They’ve also recently released a sulphite free white wine. The good value of their range (from $20-28 with the exception of the Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet) deserves highlighting given the fruit is estate grown and handpicked. Cellar door open at weekends and holidays.
Moss Wood Pinot Noir 2016 RRP $77
Moss Wood Pinot Noir is very good indeed. It’s medium to full bodied with a depth to the strawberry and cherry flavours. There’s also a tangy sourness and earthy complexity. It finishes brightly. Moss Wood released their first Pinot Noir in 1977 long before Pinot became widely embraced by the Australian public in the mid 2000’s. Keith and Clare Mugford’s craft and experience are apparent here. If you haven’t tried it before it might well defy expectations of what can be done with Pinot in the region. Moss Wood are one of Margaret River’s founding wineries and make a range of wines recognised as among the best in the region.
From Your Margaret River Region Magazine