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Ocean Eight is in the cool Mornington Peninsula, a short drive south of Melbourne. Owned and operated by the Aylward family after their successes with nearby Kooyong Estate, Ocean Eight is focused on Burgundian varieties and influenced by Burgundian techniques
Chardonnay is sourced from the Estate owned and tended vineyard. Picked on the ‘edge’ of ripeness with great acid structure and some hints of botrytis. Cropped to 1.32 tonnes to the hectare,
Wine is fermented cold over 4 to 6 weeks to maximise aromatics. Fruit is pressed and gravity fed to underground barrel room into old oak (6+ years), where it spends 12 months on full solids. The aim is to maintain excellent natural acidity whilst showing elegant texture.
Lifted nose showing an array of citrus with lime peel, lemon oil and grapefruit. Some flint, matchstick coming through.
Palate is one of purity and freshness with citrus notes, light honey dew and schist mineral. Fierce but balanced acid carries the wine through with great length.