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Celebrating La Dolce Vita
Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 20%
McLaren Vale
Vineyard Designation
Primo Estate Angel Gully and McMurtrie Road Vineyards, McLaren Vale
10-15 years
Open Fermentation
Alcohol %

Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018


Our Moda, or method, of drying the grapes before crushing creates a wine which will age for many, many years.

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This wine is acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest Cabernets since Joe Grilli of Primo Estate released the first vintage in 1987. To create the JOSEPH Moda, Joe combines Aussie know-how with his traditional Italian winemaking by air drying the finest McLaren Vale fruit on shaded outdoor racks for weeks prior to crushing. The fruit is concentrated so that it loses around 15% of its weight. This inspired use of the Italian Amarone technique creates an opulent, brooding wine. All fruit is hand harvested and sorted from Primo Estate's dry grown vineyards in McLaren Vale and Clarendon. The wine is aged in new French and American oak barriques for 18 months to create a subtle layering - mocha, cinnamon, vanilla and cedar streaks ripple through the palate; the considerable tannins are saturated by the sheer lushness of flavour.

See our videos of winemaker Joe Grilli tasting the first 25 vintages of Moda, click here

Click for an interview with winemaker Joe Grilli on the origins of the JOSEPH Moda.

Wine Profile
2014 Adelaide Review Top 100 Wines 2013 Adelaide Review Hot 100 Wines
Winemaker Notes
'If you’re a collector and have 2010, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1991, and even the 1989 and 1988 experimentals as Joe started out on this journey, then there are wonderful thrills to be had in your cellar.' - Tony Love, SA Weekend May 2014
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Susan Rowe's Gravatar
Susan Rowe
(05/07/2015 at 6:59 AM)
A stunning wine. Just gorgeous and what one can always expect from the superb Joseph range.

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Brian Mahoney
(19/07/2015 at 2:04 PM)
One of the richest wines I've tasted. This one is going in the cellar for my granddaughter's 21st in 34 year's time. Hope I'm still around to savour it then!

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Winemaker Joe Grilli Picks His Top 4 Vintages of JOSEPH Moda

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