The grapes to produce Pinot Noir Ocean Eight were hand-picked, meticulously hand sorted and destemmed. A cold soak took place for three to four days, prior to fermentation which took place in an open topped one tonne vats, using natural yeasts. The Pinot Noir Ocean Eight Fermentation lasted for a period of four to six weeks, to maximise the aromatics. The wine was pressed to old, 500 litre oak puncheons of three to four years and matured in oak for 12 months. This wine was not filtered or fined prior to being bottled.
Planted in 1999, the grapes come from a 5.5 hectare block of Pinot Noir in the Mornington Peninsula. The clones are a mix of MV6, 114 and 115. Situated at an elevation of 65 metres with a north-western orientation, the vineyard has a great airflow, which minimises disease pressure as the canopy dries quickly. The soil is sandy loam which provides excellent drainage, essential nutrients for vine health and imparts minerality to the flavour profile.
Ocean Eight was established in 2004 in the southern and cooler side of Mornington Peninsula. Ocean Eight was Owned by the Aylward family, founders of the renowned Kooyong winery. In their state-of-the-art, temperature controlled, gravity fed winery, winemaker Mike Aylward produces stunning cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, taking influence from the great old world wine regions of Alsace, Burgundy and Champagne. All the grapes for the Ocean Eight wines are sourced from the family’s 17 hectares of vineyard and their total production each year is just 5,000 cases.