Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Winemaker: Michael Aylward. What started as a part time job to earn a few dollars during his university days turned into a committed obsession. Michael worked in the family owned winery, Kooyong, spending time out in the vineyard, in the winery and on the road and the net result was a desire to make this his career. Following the sale of Kooyong Michael went into business with his parents to form Ocean Eight taking on the role of Winemaker and General Manager. To complete his education Michael undertook several study tours of France, concentrating on the hallowed vineyards and cellars of Burgundy. Whilst he makes Mornington Peninsula wines he has applied the most salient Burgundian techniques to take the wines to another level. In 2011 Michael won the highly coveted “Young Gun Of Wine” award. Leading wine writers Max Allen, Philip Rich and Nick Stock judged this competition.
Ocean Eight has done its diligence selecting the ideal vineyard location, and planted their first vines in 1999. This age on the Ocean Eight Pinot Noir vineyard is shown in the quality and structure of the wine. All Ocean Eight’s wines are made in small quantities and batches to ensure high quality and a focused style of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris can be achieved.
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