Sensational Barossa Moppa Cabernet
Old Moppa Road Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Region:Barossa Valley, SA
The last Old Moppa Cabernet was the 2011 as we have found getting the fruit we want a trifle difficult. This brilliant wine will however make up for the vintage gaps. There is a long history of important Cabernets being made in the Barossa Valley and I recall some very satisfying 1950s vintages from Orlando. It was though the great Barossa winemaker Rolf Binder who really opened my eyes to the worth of Barossa Cabernets by generously opening dozens of mature bottles when I came to live in the Barossa in 2004.
There are Barossa Cabernet plantings dating back to the 1890s though Cabernet fruit only became plentiful in the 1980s. By then numerous other new regions were producing other Cabernet styles and while these are exciting I believe they have pushed Barossa Cabernet, which is a warmer style, off to the side. This means wines like the old Moppa offer very great value and will reward the experienced drinker.