Moss Wood Wilyabrub Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2016
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 soft and creamy entry leads to a wine that has flavours of melon, yellow peach, caramel, honey and oak. Has lime, lemon and lemongrass to keep it crisp and fresh. Tannin and texture are also important in a wine that is at the start of a long journey. Might even be unconstitutional to drink it this early. Moss Wood reckon it’s one of their best Chardonnays of the last 20 years so you’ve been given the heads up!"” FERGAL GLEESON, THE GREAT WINE BLOG