Joseph Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012


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.




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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