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Ocean Eight – 3/09/2013

Pinot Gris 2012
Really tight quincy freshness. Very focused and sharp, dry dry.

Verve Chardonnay 2011
Very sulphury smoky struck match, sharp thin lacking power intensity character. Not so much a fan of this style, it appears under-ripe. At least it’s not overworked.

Pinot Noir 2012
Really bright pure lean aromatics. Right up my alley, lovely and long focused delicate fine but firm tannins. Exactly what Mornington Pinot should be.

Aylward Pinot Noir 2010
Kind of different notes on the nose, oak muting the fruit. Quite warm, brusque youthful tannins and heat.

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Mornington Peninsula – 10/3/2013

When I was young my grandparents owned a holiday house that our family made use of at least twice a year, particularly during summer. The house was pretty old, the beds weren’t very comfortable and worst of all there was no television. In spite of this I always looked forward to holidays there. The house was in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula between Rosebud and Sorrento, and I have fond memories of beaching, fish & chips and the summer carnival. They sold the house when I was in my early teens and suddenly there was a hole in my heart where those experiences used to be. Once I became interested in wine that hole was filled in a different way when I discovered it as a wine region. Over the years I was introduced to many other wines and regions in Australia, especially in the Yarra Valley where I worked for quite a while, but Mornington always remained my favourite region in Australia. So it seems fitting that the first region I visited since my return was to the Mornington Peninsula.

At Main Ridge Estate, my favourite producer in the world

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Ocean Eight – 10/03/2013

Pinot Gris 2011
Piercing sharpness, very citric. Lovely soft unctuous texture, good warmth, a little savoury oiliness, really good integration.

Verve Chardonnay 2010
Soft rich slightly creamy almost floral notes, hints of lees. Focused sharp bright, a little green, clean and solid acidity with some minerality to boot.

Pinot Noir 2010
Soft clean nice savoury red fruits. Pure fresh focused acids, supple yet tight and brisk tannins, a sharpness that will soften with some age.

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