Moss Wood 1987 Pinot Noir
The 1987 Pinot Noir is softer and spicier than the big, rich Pinots produced at Moss Wood in 1981 and 1985 and more like the softer wines of 1982 and 1984 which were particularly enjoyable when young. The nose has powerful aromas of strawberries and cherries with nuances of charry oak, while the palate has good acid, delicate, spicy fruit and soft tannins. It is well-structured, beautifully balanced and has good length.
The 1987 Moss Wood Pinot Noir is a complex wine with an appealing depth of flavour, a lovely mouth feel and a long, lingering finish.
After a terrific winter with excellent rainfall and then a dry summer, the quality of the crop has been excellent, the yields have been above average and the wines well up to the standard of recent vintages. The Pinot Noir also looks promising and at this stage is similar to the 1985 and 1986 wines.
The growing season leading to the 1987 vintage encouraged good fruit aromatics in the Moss Wood Pinot Noir, giving the wine a more spicy character than the 1986. It was made in the traditional way, with half the fruit being crushed and half being added as uncrushed bunches. As usual, it was given two weeks skin contact before pressing. After fermentation, the wine spent twelve months in barrel, with only 10% new oak being used. This relatively small percentage of new oak was used because the 1987 vintage produced a finer wine than, for example, the 1986 and any more new oak would have dominated the delicate Pinot fruit.