2008 Haven Pinot Noir

2008
Haven Pinot Noir

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Tasting Profile

Back Vintage Release

Kooyong Haven Pinot Noir is a single site wine produced from the Haven vineyard. The parcels in this wine represent 2.20 hectares.

The fruit is 100% destemmed and fermented, without yeast inoculation, in open vats for 18 to 21 days. The malolactic conversion also is indigenous. The maturation period is 18 months in French oak (30% new).

Plummy crimson red colour. The nose is a controlled eruption of fascinating aromas: sloe plums and blackthorn, savoury crushed dried herbs, spice (clove, fennel seed, cinnamon), dried brown bark, molasses and even a whiff of coffee. In the mouth the blue plum, bark and herb characters climb steadily, with middling fruit weight and thick, satiny tannins providing focus and working in with the natural acid length. A wine which will build considerably in the coming years.

13%

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Reviews

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016

Powerfully built pinot noir. Strong notes of black cherry, woody spice, macerated plum and toast, with both cloves notes and alcohol warmth participants in the parade. Firm tannin ropes and secures the components together. Now or later; it has a life ahead of it.

94 points

Campbell Mattinson

The Australian Wine Annual 2016

Artfully made and complex, with delicate but deeply floral layers of red cherries, dark plums and faintly smoky oak backed by meaty notes of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Supple and silky, it’s smooth and deftly balanced, unfolding layers of pristine, vibrant fruit that glide with elegance and lightness towards its long, refreshing and savoury finish.

96 points

Jeremy Oliver

WBM, November/December 2015

Outstanding persistence and effortless form within a personality of depth, presence and distinguished character. Brilliant definition of black cherry fruit purity is lush and polished, while perfectly structured with finely poised tannin grip accented subtly with whole bunch and oak structure.

96 points

Tyson Stelzer

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The Vintage

The winter of 2007 gave acceptable rains however the growing season still began with early budburst and fairly dry conditions. Warmer than average weather through spring brought about a strong flowering and fruit set. Much of the season continued to be warm and relatively dry and we experienced our first rainless January on record. Picking began quite early, although the ripening month of February was significantly cooler than average. A late hot spell arrived in mid March, funnelling down from central Australia and influencing harvest quality throughout the South East of the country. Fortunately almost all of Kooyong had been picked and the stability experienced up to this time, combined with the coolness of February, supported the quality of parcels harvested prior to the heat.
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The Vineyard

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.

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