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Ocean Eight Pinot Noir

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The Ocean Eight wines are exceptional representations of what the Mornington Peninsula can do with varieties like Pinot Noir. Influenced by the fine wines of Burgundy winemaker Mike Aylward has chosen the best vineyard site to produce a wine that speaks of where it’s from. The nose shows cherry, plum, subtle spice and earthy savoury undertones before delivering a silky smooth palate with a persistent finish. Like the winemaker suggests, pair it with anything that had feathers and plenty of flavour.

Winemaker's Notes

Medium light brick red in colour with a cloudiness that is no doubt a result of the decision to bottle without filtration in order to retain as much flavour as possible.

Bright fresh red fruits dominate the nose with raspberries and cherries being the most obvious. Underlying the fruit are some spicy notes with nutmeg and cloves being evident. In addition there are some mineral components and the overall impression is that this is a fresh, savoury wine.

The palate is quite rich but still retains freshness. Whilst still very young the wine is just starting to show the silky texture good Pinot Noir is famous for. This will continue to develop with bottle age. The acid is lively at the lingering finish and there is also plenty of tannin.

Try this wine with spicy Asian plates as the freshness and crisp finish will handle plenty of chilli heat. The wine is not too heavy for the richer fish like tuna and salmon and all in all is quite versatile in pairing with food.

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Ocean Eight Pinot Noir

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Mike Aylward crafts some of the Mornington Peninsula’s most graceful pinot noirs. In a vintage where some makers pushed their wines to an edgy 14.5%, Ocean Eight retains a gloriously effortless 13% alcohol. Such delicacy opens up the airspace for every detail to hover with exacting precision: aromas of lifted rose petal, pink pepper and red cherries, flowing into flavours of wild strawberries that linger with haunting persistence. The texture is a delight, layered with fine, silky tannins, making this a beauty to behold now, and it will only improve over the coming years.
2014 - 2020
Wine Taste Special Edition 72
94
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
With the precision of a Vegas casino vault, this is an impeccably engineered Mornington pinot. Pure black cherry and strawberry fruit rides on a textural backbone of finely structured tannins. You may get in, but can you get out?
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This has plenty of classic Mornington Peninsula dark cherry fruit and a gentle spice-box complexity, the oak isn't too forced and it's very elemental at this stage. The palate rolls out neat tannin texture and fine yet sturdy tannins, building a ripe ball of cherry flavour that lifts airily through the finish. Still very much on the ascent.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Clear red-crimson; the bouquet is fragrant and slightly spicy, the palate with a savoury/minerally/stemmy coat around its core of plum and black cherry fruit; good drive and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94

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