Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay

In a massive flight of Mornington chardonnay in ascending order of price, this was the first wine to truly inspire me, as much by what it isn’t as what it is. Verve is one of the Peninsula’s most restrained wines, showing a delicacy and focused drive that lift it to another level. Sensational finesse of fine mineral texture meets subtle lees complexity and glorious focus of elegant lemon, grapefruit and crunchy apple. A stunning vintage for Ocean Eight, this is a wine that will lift your spirit, as it did mine. Verve, indeed. $35 at Barrique Fine Wines.