Moss Wood Margaret River Chardonnay

Moss Wood Chardonnay 2018

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    14%
Planted in 1969 and with their first vintage in 1973; Moss Wood is an important, founding estate of the Margaret River wine region. Winemakers and owners Keith and Clare Mugford have been making wine and tending the vineyard at Moss Wood since the late 1970's and continue to make some of Margaret River's finest wines; their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay always standouts.

The 2018 Moss Wood Chardonnay is another complex, impeccably structured and powerful rendition of Margaret River Chardonnay that follows in the footsteps of highly praised recent vintages of Moss Wood Chardonnay. A wine that is already attracting plenty of interest, our very limited remaining stocks will sell out fast.

"5 Stars. Luxuriant and satisfying Chardonnay here from Moss Wood. Margaret River Chardonnay of this quality is a force to be reckoned with. Lashings of peach, toasty oak, wholemeal and nut flavours. But the fruit is of such quality and so bell clear it pulls all the parts together. The 2017 was voted Australia’s best Chardonnay by The Wine Companion. 2018 should also be a contender."- Fergal Gleeson, The Great Wine Blog.

"95 Points. Robust and intense chardonnay with grapefruit, stone fruit, peach, toasted hazelnut, brioche, and spicy oak flavours. A firmly-structured wine that’s a little closed at this stage and needs a year or two to open up and fully express its restrained complexity." - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, September 2019.

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Planted in 1969, 1st vintage in 1973; Moss Wood is an important, founding estate of the Margaret River wine region, located in the northern sub–region of Wilyabrup. Dr John Gladstones academic paper of 1966, recommended the region's consistent maritime & Mediterranean climate, suggesting it would lend itself to growing wine grapes of the highest quality. The vineyard, selected for the suitability of its soils and aspect, is truly one of the finest sites in Australia. Without deviation the vision & achievement has been of a classical estate producing, site specific, super fine wines.

Chief winemaker & Co-proprietor, Keith Mugford has been making wine & tending the vineyard at Moss Wood since 1979. In 1984 he was joined by his wife Clare Mugford. They consistently seek and apply proven knowledge & technology, enhancing grape & wine quality & constantly strive to purvey flawless wines from their exceptional sites. The couples exacting viticulture ensures the production of grapes of excellent quality & together they have created a stable of fine wines distinguished by their consistency over each vintages & their ability to age superbly. Their admirable viticultural holdings now include Ribbon Vale Vineyard. Purchased & completely re-trelised in 2000; this Wilyabrup, dry grown vineyard, is only 1200 metres from their original estate & now produces fine Cabernet, Merlot, an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.

The Moss Wood and Mugford names are synonymous with uncompromising quality; their relentless & constant goal is to produce the very best possible fruit & faultless great wine.
Western Australia
Margaret River
All the fruit was hand-picked and delivered to the winery where it was whole-bunch pressed. The must was cold settled for 48 hours then the clear juice was racked and seeded with multiple yeast strains for primary fermentation. At approximately halfway through ferment, on 18th March, the juice was racked to wood. All the barrels were 228 litre French oak and 56% were new. The wine also underwent a full malolactic fermentation and once completed, all the barrels were racked, blended and adjusted in stainless steel. The finished wine was then returned to barrel.

On 25th June 2019 all barrels were racked and blended in stainless steel and fining trials were carried out. None of the agents offered any improvement so the wine remained unfined, apart from a bentonite addition for protein stability. To complete the process, the wine was sterile filtered and bottled on 12th July 2019.

COLOUR AND CONDITION: The hue is medium to deep straw with a green tint; condition is bright.

NOSE: All the features that give Moss Wood Chardonnay its distinctiveness are on display. The fruit aromas are of peach, orange marmalade, honeysuckle and quince, plus, of course, the usual roast nuts and oat biscuits. There is a light toasty background from the barrels and a touch of caramel and crème brulee from the malolactic fermentation.

PALATE: The palate is full bodied with good acidity and tannin but this firm structure is well and truly complemented by the fruit flavours. There is an array of peach, lime, quince and caramel that provide length and breadth and the finish shows some soft, toasty oak and just enough tannin for good cellaring.

CELLARING: As with all Moss Wood Chardonnays it is very attractive now and can certainly be enjoyed as a youngster. However, it will repay patience and we recommend it be cellared for at least 10 years to allow it to show some bottle age. Full maturity will be reached at 20 years of age.

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