Joseph Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012

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Joseph Moda 2012 is a well-known Australian wine produced using the traditional Italian ‘Amarone method’. After picking the grapes are air-dried for one to two weeks in order to concentrate the flavours. This was first produced in 1987.

“For us great wine is a sublime paradox, where concentration and finesse co-exist. Since 1987 we have used the ancient method or ‘moda’ of drying the grapes before crushing to realize this vision. The Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) and Merlot (20%) came from our McMurtrie Road and Angel Gulyl vineyards n McLaren Vale. Our ‘moda’ creates a wine that will age for many, many years” (backlabel note)

Joseph Moda 2012 is a ruby coloured wine with black hues. The bouquet is engaging- starts with fresh dark fruits followed by a hint of dried plums and raisins with a note of spices.

In the mouth the wine is lively and opulent, but a bit too sour for my personal taste. I wouldn’t call it ‘finesse’ but it definitely is an exceptionally concentrated and full bodied wine, very firm and well-balanced. Tannins are round and smooth. The alcohol warms, but it is a pleasant experience that builds the muscular body of the wine. Joseph Moda 2012 is a rich, round and developed wine with obvious intensity of blackcurrant mixed with chocolate and tabacoo notes. Finish is long and clean with blackberry and cedar oak.

 

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Joseph Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 wine details:

Wine – Joseph Moda
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2012
Grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (20%)
Producer – Joseph – Primo Estate (read more)
Distributor / Importer – available nationwide from fine wine merchants
Winemaker – Joe Grilli, Daniel Zuzolo
Vineyards – McMurtrie Road and Angel Gully vineyards in McLaren Vale
Soils – nd
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 15%
Barrel ageing – yes – 18 months in new and old French and American barriques
Cellaring – ‘a wine that will age for many, many years – 10-15 years’ (producer’s note)
Price range – 80$
Others – made by using the Italian ‘Amarone method’ – where whole bunches of grapes were dried in order to concentrate the flavours of the wine
Tasting date – 20150307; Primo Estate, McLaren Vale, Australia

 

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