Scorpo Chardonnay

Scorpo Chardonnay 2018

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13.5%

Paul Scorpo produces some truly superb fruit from his meticulously planted vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. With the assistance of acclaimed winemaker Sandro Mosele (Kooyong/ Port Phillip Estate), Scorpo Wines has built a reputation for making some of the Peninsula’s finest examples of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The 2018 Scorpo Chardonnay is another exceptional example of Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay; with a youthful straw appearance and tightly wound cool-climate aromas of nectarine, mandarin, lemon rind and nougat. The refined and complex palate offers a nice mix of grapefruit and vanilla spice with a precise, compelling mineral finish.

"97 Points. From a 1ha, three-clone block, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed direct to barrel (French, 20% new), not batonnage or stirring. Excellent winemaking (minimal interference), with a steady hand. Price when Tasted $48.00 Date when tasted: 25 Mar 2019 13.5% alc. Drink By: 2028 Screwcap" - James Halliday,

"94 Points. This is essentially the ‘Estate’ release, and is something of a flagbearer chardonnay in the range as a result. Juicy. Long. Pristine. Fennel-infused. Pear-riven. All those things. It’s a lively, lifted, stylish chardonnay with bright barley-accented fruit, wheaty tones and a bit of crunch to its acidity. It’s just beginning to spread it wings. Tasted: Apr19 13.5% alc. $48 Screwcap Drink: 2020 - 2025+" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
The Scorpos searched for four years to find the ideal site for their vineyard. Having extensively researched the Mornington Peninsula’s cool, maritime microclimates, they already knew that this area was the perfect place for their project. Driving through the ridge systems on the Peninsula one day they happened upon a ‘For Sale’ sign on a parcel of land - a defunct cherry and apple orchard originally planted in the 1900s - nestled in the rolling hills halfway between Port Phillip Bay and Westernport. Through the Welsh ponies, the pine trees, and the abandoned stables, machinery and sheds they could see the untapped potential of this site.

The Scorpo vineyard offers the perfect combination of land, aspect, soil type and microclimate. The vines are planted on red/blown, clay/loam soils derived from Tertiary Eocene (40 million years old) Older Volcanics, between an altitude of 70–100m on a North-North-East facing 10% slope - a brilliant suntrap and ideal drainage to slowly grow and ripen grapes.

The selection of varietals and clones used are based on substantial research and experimentation; vineyards are planted to Pinot Noir (3 ha), Chardonnay (1 ha), Pinot Gris (3.5 ha), and Shiraz (0.5 ha). Layout is based on vines spaced at 1.5m apart with 2.75m between rows. About six years ago, two more blocks were close-planted with vines 1m apart along the rows and 2.5m between rows.
Mornington Peninsula
The fruit is grown on the Scorpo family vineyard. The Chardonnay grapes (Bernard95, P58 and I10v1) were handpicked before 100% whole bunch pressing to ferment with natural yeast, with 20% in new oak and the remainder in 1- to 3-year-old barrels. No bâtonnage and no malolactic conversion. Suitable for vegans.

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