Mike Aylward seems to be kicking a lot of goals as he is pushing the elegant nature of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to the max. James Halliday has just written his Chardonnay up as in the top 2 in the country. No small feet from such a small winery that hasn’t been around that long.
Ocean 8 Aylward Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
This is impressive to say the least. The flavour profile is even tempered with staggering complexity and structure. The palate seems to spread out like a peacock’s tail which is a little poxy to say but I’m going to go with it anyway. If you forget about the flavours the mouth feel is silky and seductive like running your hand along a silk sheet for the first time. It leaves you with a sense of wonder and delight. Special stuff!