Moss Wood 1985 Chardonnay
The nose has fresh fruit aroma, with a clean lemon scent combined with a rich marmalade overtone from the new barrels and the lees. The palate has fine structure with high acid, good fruit flavour and with a gentle grape tannin and well balanced oak on the finish.
Reviews: Britian's Good Wine Guide rates three Moss Wood wines in its listing of the 500 best value wines available in the U.K. The 1985 Moss Wood Chardonnay is listed as a good, fat, buttery wine with attractive tangy acidity.
During 1985, we extended our work with Chardonnay and took some important new steps in our search for greater complexity. Fermentation in cask is a standard practice, but the time spent aging in barrel has been steadily increased. The 1985 wine spent virtually 12 months in wood (it was bottled only 2 weeks before the 1986 vintage commenced) and spent all of that time in contact with its lees. Needless to say, it is a wine with many facets.
Its cellaring prospects are excellent and it should drink at its best at 7-10 years of age, although the wine remains attractive, even at this early stage.