2016 Ferrous Pinot Noir

2016
Ferrous Pinot Noir

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Tasting Profile

May 2018

This single-block wine is sourced from 1.2 ha of gently sloping 19-year-old vines. These vines naturally produce low yields due to a combination of unique orientation, free drainage and high exposure. Together with this, the soil has a far greater prevalence of ironstone pebbles than any other part of the vineyard and delivers wine with great concentration and savoury tannic presence. This wine was fermented in a large-format concrete tank. The ferment, with 10% whole bunches, occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 18 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 20% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with a total maturation period of 14 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.

Bold and intense, the 2016 Ferrous displays a complex mix of sweet earthy fruit, violet, potpourri and red citrus. The palate is full of power, drive and energy, with the fruit weight balanced by spicy ferrous-like tannin. The intensity of the fruit, the length of the palate and volume of tannin ensure this wine will develop wonderfully over the next 5–8 years.

Alcohol 13.5%

 

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Reviews

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019

Always my favourite pinot of the stable for structural reasons alone: the tannins are earthy and ferric, as the name implies. Nothing gritty, though. A magical carpet to carry and obviate the sweetness of the fruit: bing cherry, blood plum and root spice. A welcome respite. Long, highly complex and flush.

96 points

Ned Goodwin MW

Winsor Dobbin
Wine of the Week
September 2018

It really is hard to choose a favourite from among the stellar 2016 single-vineyard pinots from Mornington Peninsula standout Kooyong – but the complex and savoury Ferrous just gets the nod in an all-star cast. The ironstone pebbles in the 20-year-old Tuerong vineyard give the wine terrific architecture with the tannins providing the framework in which quality dark cherry fruit characters and hints of spice lead the way with support from largely aged French oak barriques. The fruit here is beautifully layered with earthiness, structure and length. I’m happy to give this 96/100 and to bet most buyers find it too delicious right now to even think of cellaring it.

96 points

Winsor Dobbin

Wine Front
July 2018

Look forward to these Kooyong single vineyard wines each year. True to the vintage. Less seduction and/or sweetness to the fruit; a greater sense of gravity to the tannin and overall structure. That said it’s not an underpowered wine in any way; indeed the flavours charge through the palate at a rate of knots. Dried herbs, roasted nuts, brackeny notes, ripe black cherry. A chicory aspect. Oak here, cedary and smoky, laces its way throughout. From start to finish, the quality is excellent.

94 points

Campbell Mattinson

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The Vintage

September 2015 welcomed the beginning of budburst leading to a dry and warm spring. October was 3 degrees above the average temperature and El Niño affected the amount of rain we received. Vine vigour was controlled due to the lack of rainfall with the canopy generous and open. Fruitfulness was up from the previous vintage and flowering and fruit set occurred unhindered. Veraison commenced in early January. The period between January and mid-March was warmer than historically usual and harvest began at the same time in February as recent vintages. Conditions remained very dry and warm throughout the harvest period, it was a compact vintage finishing in mid-March. The viticultural team worked steadily throughout harvest and delivered healthy and energetic fruit, with ripeness and acidity well balanced.
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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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