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Buy Ocean Eight Pinot Gris 2012: Ocean Eight Winery
Chris, Gail and their son Mike wanted to remain in the wine business and planned on creating a new wine brand. The name 'Ocean Eight' was chosen as the Winery is located 8km from the beach at Shoreham.
While an optimal vineyard site was being researched to produce high quality fruit, the Aylwards converted a stable yard at their property in Shoreham into a small gravity fed winery. All the detail was included to ensure top quality wines could be achieved. All Ocean Eight's wines are made in small quantities/batches to ensure high quality and a focused style. The Pinot Gris grapes were picked ripe and the fermentation took place in old used barrels. The intention is to highlight the richness of the variety yet keep the wine dry at the finish.
The French, typically from the region of Alsace, use winemaking methods to highlight the richness and oily character in this variety. These methods include ageing the wine in old barrels with heavy lees (sediment, skin and dead yeast cells formed at the bottom of the barrels). The lees in particular influence the oily rich character of this variety. The wine is usually stored for an extended perion of time; 10-12 months.
Pinot Griggio (griggio: 'grey' in Italian) Is another interpretation of the same variety. The traditional Italian method comes from the region of Friulli. In this region the Italians genrally store their Griggio in tank. The Italians do not age the wine like their French neighbours in barrels - usually 4-6 months in stainless steel tanks. The Italian method of making this variety lends towards more minerally acidic wines.
The rich soils of Red Hill on The Mornington Peninsula where Ocean Eight has planted its Pinot Gris vineyard is ideal for making the gris style. The Ocean Eight Pinot Gris is a fantastic food wine.
Tasting Notes: In appearance the wine is very pale yellow with no tinges of pink. There is a delicate citrus and floral perfume on the nose with lemon and tangerine being the most overt. In addition there are some almonds and pears. The texture is the key to this wine and indeed the style of the variety. Here it is substantial with almost an oily viscosity. There is a contrast with the delicate perfume by the rich texture. The finish is dry and lingers with plenty of crisp acid. Enjoy the wine young and fresh and try it with spicy Asian stir fries and/or seafood salads.