The Mornington Peninsula climate has changed little since Eocene times, and the Scorpo Family Vineyard in Merricks North is located in the heart of this region. Fossil evidence suggests that the climate is much the same as it was before the Older Volcanics, which means that the vineyard is blessed with a stable climate in most years, and offers the perfect combination of land, aspect, soil type and microclimate.
The fruit is hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and sent directly to old (4 years and older) French barriques for the AUBAINE. The ESTATE and EOCENE chardonnay have 20%new oak, with the rest of the barrels being 1, 2 and 3 year old barrels. When fermentation is finished, the wine is left on lees until the start of malolactic fermentation. It is then sulphured to prevent malolactic. The wine is not stirred. It feeds off the lees (or the mother as the Europeans refer to it) at its own pace. It is bottled after 12 months.
JAMES HALLIDAY 5-STAR WINERY
2019 Aubaine Chardonnay is 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. Add a fine chalky finish and you have wine for all occasions & wide variety of foods. Try with a home cooked chicken tikka masala.