This week’s wine of the week in the SMH is the 2005 Moss Wood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River. Huon Hooke writes:

“The Wine of the Week concept involves a value-for-money consideration, so reviewing such an expensive wine here is indulgent. This is my idea of a beautiful red wine. It’s an essay in elegance and harmony: the flavours build on the palate the more you sip and the wine continues to give more, whereas many modern reds pall rapidly. Perfectly ripened fruit yields aromas of rasberry, blackberry and a subtle trace of mint (of which less is more). It strikes a perfect balance between concentration and restraint, resulting in elegance and intensity, with none of the syrupy, over-alcoholic or extracted mouth-feel of many mod Oz cabernets. This is cabernet I want to drink, either today, in 25 years, or any time in between. It has 14% alcohol.

Food pairing: Practically all red meat dishes, hard cheeses and many soft ones (but not blues).”