Scorpo ‘Eocene’ Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$75.00
James Halliday'96 points
A blend of clones 95, I10 and P58 from mature vines on the north-/northeast-facing slope of Paul Scorpo's original vineyard in Merricks North. The grapes were picked on 18th March 2020 at 12.1 Baumé. The fruit was pressed as whole bunches straight to barrel. The must was fermented with indigenous yeasts in 20% new French oak, the balance being 3- to 5-year-old barrels. No malolactic conversion and no lees stirring. Fined with bentonite prior to bottling on 22nd February 2021.
This wine encapsulates finesse and precision. The nose presents lemon and lime, supported by grapefruit and nashi pears. There is also brioche, flint, and florals such as lavender. The palate has a train line structure, long and direct, with fine chalky phenolics layered either side. Lemon pith sits front and foremost on the palate while an oyster shell saltiness brings it home with a refreshingly mineral finish. –Paul Scorpo
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James Halliday's Wine Companion96
"(2019 vintage) As you’d expect for the flagship white, this is hand-picked fruit, whole-bunch pressed to French barrels, 25% new, and aged 12 months. No mlf and no lees stirring. Tight as a drum, shot with racy acidity. And no shortage of very flinty sulphides, which would be too much funky reduction, if not for the weight and richness of fruit to balance. Complex, assured, rich, textural, savoury and compelling."
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About the brand Scorpo Wines
Paul Scorpo has a background as a horticulturist/landscape architect, working on major projects ranging from private gardens to golf courses in Australia, Europe and Asia. His family has a love of food, wine and gardens, all of which led to them buying a derelict apple and cherry orchard on gentle rolling hills between Port Phillip and Westernport bays.