Oceans Eight Verve Chardonnay 2015
Owned by the Aylward family - founders of the renowned Kooyong winery - Ocean Eight was established in 2004 in the southern and cooler side of Mornington Peninsula. In their state-of-the-art, temperature controlled, gravity-fed winery winemaker Mike Aylward produces stunning cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir taking influence from the great old world wine regions of Alsace, Burgundy and Champagne. All the grapes for the Ocean Eight wines are sourced from the family's 17 hectares of vineyards and their total production each year is just 5,000 cases only.
The grapes come from 18 year old vines, in a six acre block of Chardonnay. The clones are a mix of P58, l10, 96 and 277. The soil is sandy loam which has excellent drainage and provides good nutrients for vine health and flavours - particularly minerality. The vineyard has an elevation of 65 metres above sea level and faces North West with great airflow, which minimises disease pressure as the canopy dries quickly.
The fruit was picked to highlight the citrus spectrum, in particular grapefruit, hence the name 'verve' which accurately describes the racy character of this wine. The musts were cold fermented over four to six weeks, in order to maximise the aromatics. The wine was pressed and gravity fed directly into old oak barrels of six to eight years, in the underground barrel room. Here the wine spent 11 months in oak and was fined with bentonite only prior to bottling.
Leading the way for the new generation Aussie Chardonnay, the name Verve encapsulates its style. A vibrant perfume of Granny Smith apple, honeysuckle blossom and lime zest is mirrored on the palate. Low alcohol thanks to the early pick style and a mouth-watering finish.
This is the perfect match with oysters, prawn tempura or whitebait.
Grape - Chardonnay 100%
Country - Australia.
Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet).
Residual Sugar: 0.5.
Contains Sulphites: Yes.