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.
Yield: The vineyard is one of the most northerly on the Mornington Peninsula landmass. Yields for Chardonnay fruit destined for this wine fell between 2.3- 3.7 tonnes/acre.
Clones P58, 95, 96 & I10, planted in 1999.
Tasting Notes: Over the years we have honed the style of the ‘Verve’ 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 and only old barrels are used for vinification to highlight the vibrancy of the fruit from our vineyard. The 2016 wine has soft white peach complimenting a backbone of crisp grapefruit acidity and lemon curd texture. The style is lean & clean with balance and length.