Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2021

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Aussie Merlot has rarely hit the heights that many once hoped, but there have certainly been some very fine examples and Moss Wood has always been among them. A deep garnet hue, the nose gives appealing plum pudding and rich fruitcake notes with a hint of chocolate and dried fruit characters topped by spices and a touch of rose water. This is balanced, seamless and with fresh acidity supported by fine tannins and good grip with impressive length and a lingering finish. There is room for improvement, but enjoy it any time over the next six to eight years.