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 2012 winter saw a return to cold and wet conditions with the wettest June in 20 years. Soils were at water holding capacity delaying budburst 10 days. Vine growth was balanced and flowering ensued well, delivering good crop levels. Despite sporadic rain, the summer was mainly dry with vigour kept in check and disease pressure low. Our continuing application of composts, organic teas and other organic practices have advanced the health and resilience of our vines. Vintage commenced at the beginning of March presenting excellent fruit. A period of very warm days and nights then rapidly ripened the remaining fruit causing vintage to be the most compact we have experienced requiring great efforts from both viticultural and winemaking teams.
Tasted May 2015
This single-block wine is sourced from 1.34 hectares of gently sloping 16-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. For the first time 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 2013 Ferrous shows complex and intriguing notes of raspberry, cherry and tarry earth. Focused and persistent, the cool, finely textured palate is typical of the block with blue fruit, blood orange and iron flavours. With a long, balanced, mineral finish, this, like all vintages of this wine, demands time in the cellar.
Promises a big story from the outset, all showy oak and velvety fruit, but once the opening number has died down a web of finer details is revealed, and there the mesmerising begins. This needs a little time but it has tight sleeves and all the right cards tucked therein. Plums, cherries, steel, spice, polished cedarwood and subtle foresty elements. It's long, fine and more simply, fantastic to spend time with. Would be a welcome guest at dinner anytime.
A complete, complex cellaring pinot whose smoky but slightly closed bouquet of black and red cherries is lifted by alluring aromas of red and blue flowers. It’s long and supple, with a gentle but emphatic core of blue and red fruits extending long and stylish over a fine mineral and slatey spine towards a lingering and savoury finish of smoky oak, vibrant fruit, dried herbal notes and licorice.
There’s some raunch to this wine. It’s firm, powerful, bold and ablaze with spice, undergrowth and fruit. It fills the mouth, the nose, the aftertaste. Long ropes of tannin, filled with botanicals, helps leave a lasting impression. So too steely, seaweedy characters. Warm, muscular pinot noir. Of excellent quality.
The oak is showing slightly more in this wine. Tense on entry, the tannin is dense and compacted throughout the palate. Savoury and exotic, yet plummy, there is breadth and juiciness that is held in check by the structure.