Jeremy Oliver Rating 96!
The Moss Wood 2004 Chardonnay has a complex nose showing lime and grapefruit citrus aromas, hints of roast cashew, some caramel from the malolactic fermentation and light spicy oak. It's flavoursome and lively, deep and long, with white peach and nectarine characters adding flesh to the mid-palate. It's tighter, leaner and more restrained at this stage but clearly focused with underlying power, persistence and a clear, bright finish that refreshes.
Review: Tyson Stelzer - July 1, 2005 listed at www.tysonstelzer.com Keith Mugford is working hard in the vineyard to achieve ripeness without blowing out to high alcohols. He certainly hit the target in 2004, picking ripe melon/peach-fruited chardonnay at just 12.8 baume, with tight fine acidity. The result is a wine showing intense bitter hazelnuts and cashewy oak alongside butter and spice on the bouquet. It's a citrusy style with firm oak; all it needs is time to come into balance. Very good wine. Best drinking around 2007-2009. Like it. 90/100
A tightly focused, measured and superbly balance benchmark-level chardonnay of texture and vinosity. Its delicate and rather closed perfume of jasmine, peach and grapefruit is backed by slightly mealy undertones of minerals and wet stones. It flaunts its extended lees contact and new oak, but delivers a seamless integration between these elements and its lemony stonefruit flavours. Its babyfat-like mid palate finishes long and mineral, with lingering funky edges.
WA- Margaret River
Wine White - Chardonnay