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The Ophelia Pinot Noir is the creation of Nick Harrison, a fixture of the vineyard and winery at the iconic Ocean Eight in Mornington Peninsula for the last six years. Nick has sourced some top quality fruit for this release from around the region. The intent was to make a wine that showed well in its youth and would be ready for Pinot fans to dive into immediately. Mission accomplished. Ophelia has a distinctly lo-fi feel. It feels raw and unfettered, a very interesting, freeform version of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir that offers interest and drinkability.
What it Tastes Like
Cloudy, funky, chewy. It shows riper Pinot flavours of plum, black cherry and earth. There's a little wildness here, which just ups the drinkability. Fine, coco-laced tannins with a dusting of dried herb to the finish. Life and vitality with an edge.
Ophelia wines are made to be enjoyed in their youth and are an ideal accompaniment to casual dining. These wine come from premium wine regions and are made to capture the charm of youthful exuberance.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
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.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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