2015 OCEAN EIGHT GRANDE CHARDONNAY
This wine is a contrast to the Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay. The grapes are picked a week riper than the grapes for the ‘Verve’ Chardonnay and are pressed into a mixture of new and old French barrels. The wine is aged for 14 months in barrel. There is a very small amount of this wine produced.
A mature and richer style of Chardonnay, displaying hints of both white & yellow stonefruits, honeyed lemon with a touch of spice & burnt match. A luscious mouthfeel with texture & toasty oak balanced by crisp acidity, to give length to the wine. This wine will match beautifully with Lobster, Roast Chicken and pork.
The top 30cm soil profile is red ferrosols. It is defined by its very high clay content & high levels fertility and water holding capacity. The vineyard is one of the most southerly and coolest on the Mornington Peninsula landmass, allowing the fruit to ripen into Autumn, for perfect balance of ripeness & acidity.
2.0 tonne / acre
Grapes are received at the winery in March and refrigerated overnight down to 10 degrees Celsius. Fruit is ‘whole bunch’ pressed directly into French oak barrels (30% are new oak) by gravity alone. Sulphur dioxide is added at 50 mg/l into the ferment. Over 3-6 weeks the juice goes through a natural – no yeast added – fermentation for a fantastic natural ferment.
The wine is then held in barrel, in the cellar until May the following year. It is then consolidated into tank for blending. The wine is racked once before filtration. Once clear, the wine is filtered down to 1.0 microns ready for bottling.