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.
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The Australian Financial Review
Top 20 wines, 2013, Philip Rich
2011 Ocean Eight, Verve Chardonnay
"The top pointed Mornington Peninsula drop in the 2013 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, this is as good an Aussie chardonnay as I have tasted all year. Cropped low and picked "right on the edge of ripeness", as winemaker Mike Aylward says, the grapes were whole bunch pressed and gravity fed into only older barrels. The most Burgundian looking chardonnay in the list, it is minerally and complex with some very attractive struck match sulphides. It has wonderful drive and intensity on the palate, not to mention structure and length."
2013 Wine Rules
2010 Aylward by Ocean Eight, Pinot Noir
"Mike Aylward raises the bar with his eponymous label increasing the fruit intensity and also the oak impact and the results are staggering. At three years old, this wine is still only a baby, as you would expect, but it shows signs of greatness in the glass. We are privileged to be able to pour this wine at Wine Rules, giving hundreds of people the opportunity to see what only a handful of journos and restaurateurs would ordinarily experience. Aylward proves that Grand Vin Pinot is alive and kicking in Victoria and I would be happy to pour this alongside New Zealand, Oregon and Burgundy's best bottles."
Thanks Adam D'Sylva for the mention. 2009 Aylward Pinot Noir in today's The Age Epicurean. The great man behind Coda and Tonka
All systems go this morning. Pinot Gris pressed straight into barrel!