The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.
The 2013-2014 growing season started with a warm winter followed by strong early season growth and an early spring with above average temperatures. An extended cold and wet period in October and November lead to a prolonged flowering period with reduced fruit set, resulting in below average yields.
This cold period continued throughout December, finally broken by a warm summer with several heat waves during the month of January. A warm February and the lower yields brought an earlier than usual start to harvest.
Mild March weather and the lower yields made for a short and steady harvest for both our viticultural and winery teams.
While yields were low, the quality of the fruit was very high producing wines that impress with depth, length and linear direction.
Tasted June 2016
This single-block wine is sourced from 1.34 hectares of gently sloping 17-year-old vines in the Ferrous vineyard. These vines naturally produce low yields, due to a combination of unique orientation, free drainage and high exposure. Along with this, the soil has a far greater prevalence of ironstone pebbles than is found in any other part of the vineyard and delivers wine with great concentration and savoury tannic presence. This wine was fermented in large-format concrete tank. The ferment, with 15% whole bunches, commenced without yeast inoculation and lasted 20 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 25% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with a total maturation period of 16 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.
The 2014 Ferrous offers up its natural savoury interest with aromas of woody spice, wet stones, charcuterie and the typical beetroot character. In the mouth it's full of life and energy, with supple mid-palate breadth and flavours of strawberry and sweet earth that push toward a long and powerful tannic climax.
Super tight and structural with gun smoke, flint, dry cherry and sinewy herb notes striking a distinctive pose through the palate. Controlled reduction is a key part of the wine's make-up. So too tannin and acid. So too a charm of its own design.
Out there but in a good way. Smoky and reductive with white pepper and cloves studded throughout. Fruit is light but firm. No sitting on the fence; love or loathe.