Moss Wood 2018 Pinot Noir – Fergal Gleeson, Great Wine Blog
Moss Wood founders Bill and Sandra Pannell were Burgundy buffs planting Pinot Noir in Margaret River in 1973. Despite an early start for the region, Moss Wood are still one of the few producers. Pinot made up just 0.4% of the total wine grape crush in 2019. Moss Wood 2018 Pinot Noir continues the tradition of making it’s own way in the world. Prettiness abounds with ripe strawberry fruit, cherry cola and smooth tannins to close things out. It’s medium bodied with a nice depth to it. Meticulous winemaking here with a little whole bunch and just 15% new oak. The 2018 will be nice to revisit in 5 -10 years when it will have picked up some savoury characters (making it more burgy like). When tasted with friends Moss Wood Pinot has always held it’s own with similarly priced Pinots from Yarra, Central Otago etc.