2016 OCEAN EIGHT VERVE CHARDONNAY
Over the years we have honed the style of the ‘Verve’ Chardonnay and it is now firmly entrenched as one of Australia’s most distinctive examples of Australian Chardonnay. The fruit is picked 1 week earlier than any other vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. Only old barrels are used for vinification to highlight the vibrancy ('Verve”) of the fruit from our vineyard.
The 2016 wine has soft white peach complimenting a backbone of crisp grapefruit acidity & lemon curd texture. The style is lean & clean with balance and length. This is the ideal wine to match with seafood dishes such as oysters, scallops and lobster.
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.
2.3 tonne / acre
Grapes are received at the winery in February to March and refrigerated overnight down to 10 degrees Celsius. Fruit is ‘whole bunch’ pressed directly into old barrels (7+years), 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.
The wine is then held in barrel, in the cellar until March 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.