JAMES HALLIDAY CHARDONNAY CHALLENGE RESULTS ARE IN!!!
300 winery entries and 530 Chardonnays tasted.
2011 Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay equal second with an incredibly high score of 97 points. Highest scored Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay.
Congratulations for the whole team at Ocean Eight! GO THE VERVE!!!!
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Ocean Eight is owned by the Aylward family. The winery is located at 271 Tucks Road in Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula. All grapes picked for this small production come from the 17 Hectares of vineyard owned by the Aylwards family.
The Mornington Peninsula has become one of most the most sought after regions in Australia for the production of high quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. These are the varieties that are planted at Ocean Eight’s vineyards
Cellar Door opening hours
12noon to 5pm -Thursday, Friday
11am to 6pm -Saturday, Sunday
Matthew Jukes Tasting Notes
Wine Rules Launch 28 August 2012
2010 Ocean Eight, Verve Chardonnay
Regular followers of my work will already know that I am a massive fan of Ocean Eight’s ravishing wines. This incredibly precise Chardonnay stands at only 12.2% alcohol which seems virtually impossible considering the idyllic conditions on theMorningtonPeninsula. But Mike Aylward’s desire to pick the grapes early, while they have enormous energy, brimming with natural acidity, means that Verve is unlike any other Aussie Chardonnay you have ever tasted. If you have never had the pleasure, make it your mission to taste this wine because it is likely to change your opinion of this variety forever.
2010 Ocean Eight, Pinot Noir
With a higher IQ than many, Ocean Eight’s Pinot builds in leaf and stem notes to its mellifluous Pinot offering making this one of the most complex and detailed wines in our cellar. Don’t rush a glass of Ocean Eight Pinot, because speed is not of the essence here. Allow the flavours to wash over you, bathing your palate in tart raspberry, shiny cherry and bold plum notes and watch out for the trademark whip-crack of acidity on the finish.
Financial Review 2011 Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay makes the top 20 wines for 2013 published yesterday. "The most Burgundian looking Chardonnay in the list" Philip Rich
Join us at Wine Rules today at Elwood Park from 11am to 6pm. Ocean Eight will be playing Touch Football to raise money for homelessness. Our Reserve Aylward Pinot & 2011 Verve Chardonnay will be on pour! A children's area, live music and SUNSHINE! Raising money for St Mary's House of Welcome.