"This is an absolutely brilliant and stunning Margaret River Chardonnay that should live for many years. 98 Points"
Ken Gargett, Winepilot
Consistently one of the highest rated Chardonnays in Margaret River.
A full-bodied wine, with good structure provided by fresh acidity and firm, but not aggressive, tannins. Generous peach, grapefruit and dried apricot flavours provide the perfect foil for the structure and there is good length, with a finish of caramel, cream cheese, earthy and toasty notes.
"If one may begin with the bottom line up top, I think that this is the very best Moss Wood Chardonnay I have seen for a very long time. This sits with the finest the region can offer. Indeed, I’d go further. Moss Wood has an enviable record for its stunning Cabernet. If they maintain this standard with the Chardy, it won’t be long before it is on a par with the Cab. Perhaps the cooler vintage suited the style a little more. The future will reveal if that is so. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed, settled, seeded with a variety of yeasts for fermentation which sees the juice transferred to French oak barrels, half new, at the halfway mark. Maturation then continues for over a year.
Straw/yellow, it is immediately apparent that this is one of the more complex Chardonnays you’ll come across at the moment – wonderful stuff. The nose exhibits cashews, mandarins, white peaches, stonefruit, all through to a fabulous palate, immaculately balanced and with unrelenting intensity. There is oak, sure, but it has melded so well you hardly notice it. Supple, creamy, and a finish that just seems to linger forever with hints of lime marmalade. This is an absolutely brilliant and stunning Margaret River Chardonnay that should live for many years.” 98 Points Ken Gargett, Winepilot
About the Winery
One of the great 'founding fathers' of Margaret River and a long-time producer of one of Australia's greatest cabernet-based wines. Originally planted in 1969 by Picardy's Bill Pannell however the Mugford family has owned / controlled the property since 2979.
"Widely regarded as one of the best wineries in the region, producing glorious chardonnay, power-laden semillon and elegant cabernet sauvignon that lives for decades. Moss Wood also owns RibbonVale Estate, the wines treated as vineyard-designated within the Moss Wood umbrella." 5 Star Winery - James Halliday