Moss Wood Wilyabrup Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2018
100% Chardonnay hand picked and whole bunch pressed with 15 months in French oak 56% new.
The hue is medium to deep straw with a green tint; condition is bright. 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. 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.
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.
“The 2018 Chardonnay is just a bit riper and rounder than typical here, with luscious peach and pineapple flavors. It’s full-bodied, with ample weight and richness, a plush, sexy texture and just enough acidic bite to balance out the finish. It should drink well through 2025 or so.” JOE CZERWINSKI, THE WINE ADVOCATE ROBERT PARKER 94/100
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