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Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay 2009
Mornington Peninsula – Australia
Grape Variety – Chardonnay
ABV – 12.2%
Pale lemon straw colour. Soft oak with grapefruit and citrus notes. On the palate subtle, elegant oak, apple and citrus fruit. Smooth with good acidity. Mid to full body with good length.
To anybody out there who would dismiss Chardonnay, purely because it says Chardonnay on the label really needs to sit down and take a long hard look at themselves. Australian Chardonnays aren’t as big as they once were. Take this wine. It’s great. Coming from Mornington Peninsula, a cool climate area of south east Australia, we have great integration between the fruit, oak and acid. Here is a wine that can equal, if not better a lot of the wines of Burgundy. Cool climate wines allow the fruit to develop slowly and in return will give the wine a greater potential to age as the acids are retained instead of all being converted to sugar.
This wine is very elegant where you can sip away in comfort and with a smile on your face.
Drink on it’s own or with seafood dishes.
£24.99 from North and South Wines.
Supplier Hallowed Ground.