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2015 Moss Wood Margaret River Chardonnay

Winemaker's Notes

Tasting Notes: In keeping with such a good season, this wine has much to recommend it. 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.

Vintage Notes: Ripening Time from Flowering to Harvest: 117 days.
Spring 2014 was definitely one for vineyard managers who enjoy a challenge, with regular rainfall that tested our spray program, as well as causing havoc while the vines were flowering. As an amusing aside, 2014 was the wettest year in the 37 that we have been involved at Moss Wood – 1245mm rain fell, some 26% above average.
When we have lots of rain, temperatures remain mild, so in 2014 we had an extended flowering period of 48 days, nearly twice as long as normal. Fortunately, this also meant overnight. Temperatures were generally higher, something the vines really enjoy and probably offset the rain to a degree. In the end the final yield of 6.24 tonnes per hectare was only 10% down.
The remainder of the growing season was positively splendid. Temperatures were mild to warm and we didn’t register a day over 37•C. The vines experienced nearly endless hours in their preferred range for photosynthesis and it could be said the Chardonnay strode slowly, steadily and gracefully to its harvest date of 16th February, when it had achieved a ripeness of 12.60•Baume.

Production Notes: All the fruit was hand-picked then whole bunch pressed, with the juice collected and racked to stainless steel tank, where it was settled for 48 hours. The clear juice was racked to stainless steel and fermentation commenced, using a variety of yeasts. Once the initial, aggressive stage was completed in the controlled temperature environment of the tank, the wine was then racked in to barrel. All barrels were 228 litre French oak and 45% were new. It stayed in barrel for 19 months and during that time underwent a full malolactic fermentation.
In September the wine was racked from barrel, fined for heat stability, then sterile filtered and bottled on 11th October, 2016.

Cellaring Notes: Cellaring time will be typical Moss Wood, with the wine requiring at least 10 years ageing to develop the beginnings of its bottle bouquet but a further 10 years beyond that to reach full maturity. In the meantime, it will be just as rewarding to consume as a youngster, where its bright fruit characters make it easy to enjoy

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2015 Moss Wood Margaret River Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Ray Jordan (2015 Vintage) says
'Chardy party'. Lots happening in one of the best Chardonnays from Moss Wood. There’s a light creamy nougat aroma with a touch of brioche and lightly roasted cashew. The palate has a fine minerality with an expert combination of oak and fruit. Well weighted and very long in the mouth. Love the precision here.
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Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage) says
Intense Chardonnay with citrus, grapefruit, gun flint, toast and nutty oak flavours undershot with vibrant acidity. The wine is a little closed right now and will clearly benefit from bottle development although it can certainly be appreciated. A classy Chardonnay.

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