This single-block wine is sourced from 1.32 ha of 20-year-old vines within, as the name suggests, the most sheltered of our vineyard sites. The lack of exposure to strong winds allows the vines to keep a rich green canopy until comparatively late in the ripening period and the resulting Haven wines always possess fruit in the more purplish spectrum, with a certain richness and lushness yet a firm underlying tannic structure. The vineyard (6.88 ha in total) is broken down into seven different parcels, with the same two parcels historically being selected for this wine.
The fruit was entirely destemmed, and fermentation took place in large-format concrete and wooden tanks. Fermentation occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted for 19 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 the total maturation period lasting 14 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.
In typical fashion, the 2016 Haven opens with a brooding nose of deep red fruits and spicy aromas of sandalwood, kola nut and dried orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with flavours of cranberry and blood plum, that stretch the full length along with a tight line of very fine tannin. The fleshy fruit weight of the palate allows accessibility now, however the structure suggests this is a wine that will develop even more interest with time.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019
Bright. Zinging. This is the ambassadorial expression of the site-specific pinot noir triumvirate, with a red fruited tang and a blacker fruited brood. Transparent. As a result, though-unlike the danker, corpulent Ferrous-the more delicate fruit is yet to absorb the oak. A bit shins and elbows, this will greatly reward those with patience.
The Real Review, Wine of the Week, August 2018
Haven is heaven in my book. The fragrance is seductively spicy and perfumed with many shades of red fruits, resulting in a very complex bouquet. It has a gorgeous core of sweet fruit surrounded by soft, refined tannins. A delicious wine which is true to the style of the Haven single block.
Wine Front, July 2018
I have a bit of a history of Haven fancying. It’s the wine in this range I’ve bought the most of over the years.
This is another good release. Structural and powerful, as is its want, though it feels ready to go at the same time. I’d even suggest, for all its bluster, that it will be at its best in its youth, which is not the impression I have of many 2016 releases of this ilk. It has savoury, soy-like nuances, flashes off herbs and nuts, and weaves black cherried fruit through a field of dry, twig-littered tannin. But there’s also a sweetness to the fruit, a silken touch, a fluid momentum that just says Drink Me. I’m not one to argue.
Gourmet Traveller Wine, Oct/Nov 2018
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This is a beguiling, seductive pinot with a marvellous fragrance and elegant palate. Spicy, floral and cherry-like, it has delicious fruit sweetness in the mouth seamlessly coupled with very fine, soft tannins. A typically gorgeous Haven.
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.