Vineyards and Winemaking
All Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate wines are entirely domain grown, vinified and bottled. The wines in the Quartier stable are produced from estate grown fruit and fruit from neighbouring vineyards.
The Port Phillip Estate vineyard was planted in 1987 and acquired by the Gjergja family in 2000. Located in Red Hill, the ten hectare site is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, all on northerly and easterly-facing slopes.
The Kooyong vineyard and winery, established in 1996, was acquired by the Gjergja family in 2004. Kooyong is located in Tuerong, towards the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula. The majority of the forty hectare site is planted to Pinot Noir, with a substantial area of Chardonnay and several small sections of Pinot Gris.
In 2007, the twelve hectare Ballewindi vineyard near Balnarring was acquired. This vineyard is planted predominantly to Pinot Noir with a small area of Chardonnay. Ballewindi was established in 1997.
The viticulture and winemaking activities we practise are guided by a series of fundamental principles. Every Kooyong, Port Phillip Estate and Quartier wine has been made from fruit that has been hand pruned, shoot thinned and hand harvested. Wherever possible, the use of chemicals in the vineyard has been replaced with a mechanical or cultural control method and we believe that continually improving our vine nutrition, vintage by vintage will continue to lessen our reliance on external inputs.
In the winery, all of our wines are wild fermented and a minimum of additions made. Our white wines are bottled without fining, our red wines are bottled without fining or filtration.
All of our wines are made to reflect their site attributes and varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir amplify small differences in soil and aspect into significant differences in wine.
Glen Hayley – Chief Winemaker
Announcement 10 July 2015
Glen Hayley, who has been with Port Phillip Estate and Kooyong Wines for six years, has been appointed Chief Winemaker. He will take over from long-time winemaker Sandro Mosele who has left to pursue other interests.
We are very pleased to appoint Glen to the position as we believe his expertise and talent will ensure Port Phillip Estate and Kooyong Wines upholds and enhances its reputation as one of the country’s finest cool-climate producers.
Glen Hayley had been taking an increasing role in the business over the past several years and was instrumental in the quality of the estate’s wine over that period. Glen was well taught by his predecessor. His appointment will enable him to build on this knowledge and allow him to bring his own talents to Port Phillip Estate and Kooyong Wines.
Glen Hayley brings international experience to the role, having worked for some of the finest producers in Central Otago, Loire Valley, Mosel and Sonoma, while his domestic experience has seen him work in the Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley and Central Victoria.
Glen Hayley is thrilled by this opportunity and looks forward to building on the great tradition at Port Phillip Estate and Kooyong Wines.