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The Scorpo team brings a European sensibility to a Mornington Peninsula vineyard.
Their Chardonnay is made in a classic Burgundian style. The fruit is whole bunch pressed to a combination of new and old French oak and not permitted to go through malolactic fermentation.
The preservation of a pristine acid structure but with some texture and weight gained subtly over time in oak creates a beautifully balanced Chardonnay that Campbell Mattinson called “An archetype of modern Australian chardonnay, in all its rip-roaring deliciousness.” in his outstanding 94 point review.
And Campbell Mattinson wasn’t the only fan, the current vintage recieved an additional 95 points from James Halliday placing it in the top echelon of Chardonnays from this region under $40.
For lovers of white Burgundy, the 2015 vintage of the Aubaine Chardonnay is going to tick a lot of boxes. It’s a modern Australian Chardonnay with an Old World feel.
What It Tastes Like
“It flows so well. It feels so soft. It has backbone but it coats it in velvet. White peach, green apple, fresh/juicy pears, all infused with spicy/cedary oak. It draws you in, keeps you there, and then sets you sailing on the finish.” - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
95 points. “It has a come-hither aspect but the back half is elegant and long. A class act. Beautiful white peach, apple and pear with seamless integration of cedary/spicy oak. Delightful.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points “An archetype of modern Australian chardonnay, in all its rip-roaring deliciousness.
It flows so well. It feels so soft. It has backbone but it coats it in velvet. White peach, green apple, fresh/juicy pears, all infused with spicy/cedary oak. It draws you in, keeps you there, and then sets you sailing on the finish.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Chardonnay is also 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.
Golden pale straw. White peach, juicy Pakenham pears, granny smith apples and spice on the nose. The palate starts lean and tight with tastes of lemon/grapefruit opening to more generous melon with vanilla undertones. Fine chalky finish
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
The Scorpo family has wine in their blood. Their heritage is littered with vino from Sicily, Sardinia and now the fertile soils of Mornington Peninsula. The wines are all grown on the family owned estate, meticulously managed and made by the patriarch, Paul. The wines are made in small quantities always put quality first and foremost.
The Mornington Peninsula has become a go-to destination for lovers of modern Australian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mornington’s perfect climatic conditions for producing these varieties has seen it become, in only a relatively short time, one of the premier regions for these varieties in the country. The wines are beautiful. The best examples are wines which show a restrained power. Both intensity and elegance. It’s a region which will continue to blossom and mature for many years to come.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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