Moss Wood Wilyabrub Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2015
100% Chardonnay hand picked and whole bunch pressed with 19 months in French oak 45% new.
The colour is light to medium straw, with green tints and the condition is bright. The nose has significant volume, with ethereal aromas of limes and blossom, sitting over Chardonnay’s riper fruit characters of peaches and nuts. Lightly toasty oak notes sit in the background, along with subtle cheese and meaty notes. This complexity follows along the palate, where there are bright lime, peach and roast cashew flavours. Structure is firm, with high acidity and some tannins on the finish but this is balanced by full and excellent length.
“A lot of flavour gets stitched into Moss Wood’s chardonnay, with the new oak adding to the nose and palate as does the complex creamy leesy notes. No shortage of acidity, which is the main driver that keeps this from being just too big. It stays moreish and savoury” 95/100 Jane Faulkner – James Halliday, The Wine Companion