Moss Wood 2011 Chardonnay – Patrick Haddock – The Wining Pom

Rating: Stars

Finally. Moss Wood sort the oak out in their Chardonnay and I’m thrilled. In the past I’ve been a bit hard on previous vintages of this wine and its heavy handed use of oak that has made it look clumsy and fat. Not so in 2011. It’s still a big wine but it’s not so opulent and rich and the oak seems more in keeping with a more modern depiction of Aussie Chardonnay. Ripe white peach and nectarine, some roasted nut complexity and a touch of vanillin oak that’s rightly judged. Palate is creamy; expressive of melon, peach, pineapple, before a thread of citrus waves through the finish with some nutty, spiced oak character. Leaves a great impression on the finish. Poured myself another glass.