Moss Wood Winery Margaret River
The Mugfords have owned this very fine, small 12 ha Margaret River estate (founded by Bill Pannell of PICARDY in 1969) since 1984. Prior to that, Keith Mugford had been making the wines, making his first vintage at Moss Wood in 1979. The Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the very finest in the region – complex, powerful and structured, even dense and extracted, in contrast to other more fruit driven examples from the region. Rich blackberry and cassis emerge as the wine becomes increasingly harmonious with age. For reds, Pinot Noir is also a speciality and it is one of Margaret River’s better attempts at this grape, which prefers a cooler climate. Sémillon has always been remarkable here and a benchmark for the region. The wine is unwooded and shows restrained fruit in its youth. It will be all the better for 5 years’ ageing. Moss Wood Margaret River Chardonnay is in a full, opulent style with smoky, spicy new oak evident in its youth.In order to expand their business but retain the core quality of the Moss Wood wines, the Mugfords purchased the 6-ha Ribbon Vale vineyard and winery in 2000, adding a further 5,000 cases to production. Vinification takes place at Moss Wood. The range has been reduced to just three wines; while Merlot stands out, a very good Sémillon has now been incorporated into the Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend. A third Cabernet-based wine is the bright and lifted Amy’s, originally sourced entirely from (and named for) the GLENMORE Vineyard of former winemaker Ian Bell but now based more on the Montgomery brothers vineyard and blended with Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. In 2008, Moss Wood released a new Pinot Noir from Mornington Peninsula. Fruit is sourced from a contract vineyard which is supervised by Moss Wood and the wine is made in Mornington Peninsula. It is several notches up on Moss Wood’s Margaret River Pinot Noir, with greater freshness, spice and a fine spine of tannin.
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