The Estate Chardonnay has a very unique personality. Coloured pale straw with green tinges, with aromas of nectarine, citrus curd and earth, it has a distinctive background mineral note. The palate is fresh and textured, rich and plush, without being overblown. The delicate fruit flavours are perfectly poised with crisp green apple acidity. The finish is powerful: long, savoury and mineral.
Awards and Accolades:
2012 Vintage: 97 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "It takes excellence and challenges it to reach higher. It's complex and flinty with grapefruit and white peach flavours running pure and bright from start to finish. Fennel and cream notes play throughout, as do struck match/sulphide characters. 4 years young. Brilliant."
From the Winery
Chardonnay is made in a Burgundian tradition. The fruit is whole bunch pressed and sent directly to new and old French barrels. When fermentation is finished, the wine is sulphured to prevent malolactic fermentation - thus retaining the refreshing, mouth-watering, approachable acid that is a hallmark of maritime Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay. The wine is not battonaged. It feeds off the lees (or the mother as the Europeans refer to it) at its own pace. It is bottled after 12 months.
Scorpo has for some time sat comfortably within the highest rank of Australian cool-climate winegrowers, quietly composing excellent wines and steadily raising the bar year upon year. The planning, planting, nurturing and honing of the vineyard absorb the attention of trained horticulturist and landscape architect Paul Scorpo. The process of perfecting the site continues, with closer plantings and more precise clonal selections the latest developments.
The vineyard rolls over red/brown, clay-rich soils derived from tertiary Eocene volcanics dating back about 40 million years. The vines are planted at an altitude of between 70 and 100m on a north- to northeast-facing slope with a 10% gradient. It’s a brilliant suntrap with ideal drainage to slowly grow and ripen grapes. The celebrated Pinot Gris is planted both here and on the other side of the ridge - the southwest-exposed slope towards Port Phillip Bay. The wines are consistently imbued with nuance, depth and texture. They are wines which - without ever raising their voice - resonate equally with the mind and senses.
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