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.
When the Eastern states of Australia’s decade-long drought broke in September of 2010, the rains were met with great relief. The cooler conditions delayed vine development and gave expected harvest timeframes more akin to historical averages. However the growing season weather patterns came to be shaped by a strong La Niña, which meant Spring and Summer rains were frequent and significant, increasing the time demands on our viticulture team. This season we employed a number of techniques in the vineyard not used for a number of years, including leaf plucking to improve ventilation and sunlight interception in the fruit zone. Surprisingly, fruit set was good and cropping levels quite moderate despite the lack of heat and high humidity during flowering. The ripening period was cool and extended and has produced fragrant and delicate white wines and Pinot Noirs with attractively ripe tannins, balanced natural acidity and elegant, savoury fruit.
This is a single site wine produced from 1.69 hectares of the Ferrous vineyard.
The fruit was fermented in large oak foudre for 23 days without yeast inoculation. 15% whole bunches were included. The malolactic conversion in barrel is also indigenous. The maturation period is 17 months in French oak (31% new). This wine is bottled without fining or filtration.
More aromatically powerful than the two other single-site Pinot Noirs, showing plenty of earthy, dark berry, spice and lovely herbal notes. Although quite tightly-wound on the palate, with coaxing, the wine reveals the full potential of its rich, powerful fruit. Layers of graphite-laden plum, currant and dark cherries giving this wine a sense of power. The tannins are very fine, and although there is ample fruit, the character is more savoury than fruit driven. Should reward medium-term cellaring superbly.
Mid garnet, bright; the Ferrous vineyard always exhibits brightness on the bouquet, with alluring red fruits, ironstone, generous new oak and some sappy complexity; the palate is juicy and fresh, with typically racy acidity and fine-grained tannins. 95 points