Proprietors and winemakers, Clare and Keith Mugford, have established an internationally recognised Margaret River landmark, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon. Being part of the Langton's 'Exceptional' ranking since 1991 and other internationally respected wine awards, the couple has also proven that other Moss Wood wines, like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Semillons, showcase exceptional quality and longevity.
Amy's is a Cabernet Blend, named after Amy Beers, the matriarch of the Glenmore Vineyard where the fruit was originally sourced.
Across all the varieties in the Amy's blend, we use a similar technique, with fermentations in closed tanks, with pump-overs for colour and flavour extraction. Time on skins is typically shorter than the Moss Wood and Ribbon Vale reds, varying from 9 days for the Petit Verdot to 16 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. After pressing, the wine was blended and then racked to 228 litre French oak barrels, although there was no new oak.
Our intention is to ensure the Amy's always has good fruit depth and so a short time in old barrels gives us sufficient complexity. The final blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot.
The theme of the nose is ripe berries, with all the typical features of the 4 varieties in the blend – red current from Cabernet Sauvignon, blackberry from Merlot, plums and spices from Malbec and black jubes and musk from Petit Verdot. In the same mould as the nose, the palate has great fruit concentration and length, courtesy of all the dark berry flavours. This sits over and all but covers a firm structure of acid and tannin, so the result is very drinkable.
Widely regarded as one of the best wineries in the region, producing glorious Chardonnay, power-laden Semillon and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that lives for decades. Moss Wood also owns the RibbonVale Estate, the wines treated as vineyard-designated within the Moss Wood umbrella Exports to all major markets. Planted in 1969 with its first vintage in 1973, Moss Wood is an important, founding estate of the Margaret River region. Dr John Gladstones academic paper of 1966, recommended the region for its consistent maritime and Mediterranean climate, suggesting it would lend itself to growing the highest quality wine grapes. Keith Mugford has been making wine and tending the vineyard at Moss Wood since 1979 and in 1984 he was joined in this by his wife Clare. They constantly strive to make the finest possible wines from their exceptional site. The couples exacting viticulture ensures the production of grapes of excellent quality and consistently fine wines from one year to the next.