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Ocean Eight 'Verve' Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2016

White Wine from Australia - Victoria
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Mike Aylward makes tiny quantities of this chardonnay in a converted stable based in the heart of Mornington Peninsula, Australia's cool-climate answer to Burgundy. Sleek and fine with a hint of leesy character and mouthwatering spice, while a little time in bottle is softening the tempting Granny Smith apple and citrusy notes.
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Code: AU22931

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2026
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Screwcap

Victoria

Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland and contains within its borders a diverse collection of terroirs, perhaps the most varied within Australia. This diversity has helped the state to earn an enviable reputation for the quality of its wines, the areas that they hail from and its wineries.

It has a long history since the first settlers in the region planted vines, but the catalyst for expansion was the gold rush of the mid-19th century which saw many a vineyard established. This promising start was stalled dramatically by the arrival of phylloxera in the 1870’s and to this day the Victoria produce less than half the amount produced in neighbouring South Australia despite having many more vineyards.

Despite its small size (it is the smallest state other than Tasmania) it has an amazing diversity of terroirs, from the dry, torrid north-east where fortified wines are king, to the positively chilly by comparison Mornington Peninsula due south of Melbourne on the...
Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland and contains within its borders a diverse collection of terroirs, perhaps the most varied within Australia. This diversity has helped the state to earn an enviable reputation for the quality of its wines, the areas that they hail from and its wineries.

It has a long history since the first settlers in the region planted vines, but the catalyst for expansion was the gold rush of the mid-19th century which saw many a vineyard established. This promising start was stalled dramatically by the arrival of phylloxera in the 1870’s and to this day the Victoria produce less than half the amount produced in neighbouring South Australia despite having many more vineyards.

Despite its small size (it is the smallest state other than Tasmania) it has an amazing diversity of terroirs, from the dry, torrid north-east where fortified wines are king, to the positively chilly by comparison Mornington Peninsula due south of Melbourne on the coast. It also embraces a fair chunk of the Murray Darling region where irrigation makes the vast expanses of vineyard a possibility and from where three quarters of the state’s grape yield derives.

The Yarra Valley is a short car ride to the north of Melbourne, and has a wide selection of tourist diversions to prove it. It also has an array of excellent estates and vineyards at various elevations and in a variety of soils, from clay and sand to volcanic. Rediscovered in the 1960s and prized for its cool nights and warm, sunny days, it has become synonymous with excellent pinot noirs and elegant, intense chardonnays that are doing much to reclaim Australia’s reputation for the variety. Shiraz has also proved a success in a more restrained style.

To the south of Melbourne, and benefiting fully from an unrelenting oceanic influence on its doorstep is the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and Port Phillip Bay on three sides, and moderated by the breezes these expanses of water generate the summer climate on the peninsula is for the most part temperate. This is a region of small estates producing some of the most elegant and refined pinot noirs in the new world let alone Australia. The soils vary from volcanic deposits to sandy clay and after pinot noir there is fine chardonnay and an increasing volume of pinot gris. Close to Melbourne the area of Geelong enjoys a windy, maritime climate but is slightly warmer, making plump pinot and some delicious shiraz and chardonnay.

In the north-east lies one of the great wine regions of Australia, though it is not shiraz, or chardonnay nor riesling for which it is famed, but rather the muscat grape, made into a fortified treasure that is unique to the area and which is one of Australia’s great vinous jewels. Rutherglen Liqueur Muscats, and Muscadelles, can hold their head up in the company of any great port, sherry or Madeira for their rich, complex, silky and concentrated character. The summers here are torrid, the landscape arid and the grapes full of sugar. And the red table wines made are dense, brooding examples that are improving all the time. But it is the joyous fortifieds that steal the show.
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Ocean Eight

Following the sale of their acclaimed Kooyong vineyards in 2004 Chris, Gail and Mike Aylward set themselves up again as Ocean Eight and began garnering plaudits for the wines of their new venture. Chris, son of Mike and Gail, is head winemaker here and a highly successful one too, having won Australia’s prestigious Young Gun winemaker award for 2011.

Established at the family home at Shoreham, further south than Kooyong and on the cooler side of the peninsula, the winery is state of the art and built into a slope so that everything can be moved by gravity. The Mornington Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by water and has been described as an ‘extreme maritime’ climate, and it is certainly cooler than many Australian wine-producing regions. Ocean Eight are in a position to make the most of the temperate climate and they produce crisp, pure examples of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris, with a little sparkling wine too when conditions are perfect.

Before beginning at Ocean Eight, Mike Aylward travelled extensively in Burgundy and Alsace to learn as much as he could about pinot noir and chardonnay. The 17 hectares of vines under his care produce wines that have been likened to some of the great wines of these more venerable old world areas, with a precision and freshness that is not often associated with Australia. The ‘Verve’ chardonnay is a fine expression of this purity, its name reflecting the raciness of its acidity. The name Ocean Eight is, we understand, taken...
Following the sale of their acclaimed Kooyong vineyards in 2004 Chris, Gail and Mike Aylward set themselves up again as Ocean Eight and began garnering plaudits for the wines of their new venture. Chris, son of Mike and Gail, is head winemaker here and a highly successful one too, having won Australia’s prestigious Young Gun winemaker award for 2011.

Established at the family home at Shoreham, further south than Kooyong and on the cooler side of the peninsula, the winery is state of the art and built into a slope so that everything can be moved by gravity. The Mornington Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by water and has been described as an ‘extreme maritime’ climate, and it is certainly cooler than many Australian wine-producing regions. Ocean Eight are in a position to make the most of the temperate climate and they produce crisp, pure examples of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris, with a little sparkling wine too when conditions are perfect.

Before beginning at Ocean Eight, Mike Aylward travelled extensively in Burgundy and Alsace to learn as much as he could about pinot noir and chardonnay. The 17 hectares of vines under his care produce wines that have been likened to some of the great wines of these more venerable old world areas, with a precision and freshness that is not often associated with Australia. The ‘Verve’ chardonnay is a fine expression of this purity, its name reflecting the raciness of its acidity. The name Ocean Eight is, we understand, taken from the eighth hole on the National Golf Club course at Cape Schenk on the southernmost tip of the peninsula, a personal favourite of the winemaker! Whatever the derivation, the wines are among the best of their kind to come out of Australia.
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Australia Vintage 2016 Victoria

Overall 2016 was a positive vintage for Australia with good volumes, and generally high quality wines being produced.

It was an early harvest in Victoria, following on from a very early bud break, with even most of the cabernet picked by mid-March. 2016 was warm but with relatively few heat spikes, allowing good fruit concentration to build.

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