This single-block wine is sourced from 0.9 ha of 19-year-old vines on a gentle north-facing slope. These vines are the most exposed of all our Pinot Noir plantings, leading to low vigour and low yields. The combination of the soil (less loamy topsoil and more clay subsoil than the other blocks), exposure and low vigour produces highly aromatic and perfumed red-fruited Pinot Noir with a structure that, as the vines age, is becoming more robust and serious.
This wine was fermented in large-format concrete and stainless-steel tanks. The ferment, with a portion of 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.
The 2016 Meres has a perfumed bouquet with bright layers of rose petal, raspberry, lavender and subtle cool spice notes. The palate has a long, juicy and sappy core of ripe forest fruits – raspberry and blackberry – that is complemented and neatly surrounded by fine earthy tannin. The power of the fruit-driven palate offers early appeal, however the tannin and structure of the wine will ensure good medium-term cellaring potential.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019
The most refined pinot, perhaps. Ferrous, the Gevrey; this, the Chambolle, for lack of a better comparison. Sappy, crunchy and finessed across a red fruited weave of a mineral thread, this lovely wine offers a long caress across the palate. Nothing out of place.
Australian Wine Vintages 2019
A beautifully complex mix of dark cherry, high quality oak and spice leads into a linear palate showing bright wild cherry flavours guided along by fine fleshy tannins. Balance, intensity and length with some lovely mineral notes to wrap things up.
Gourmet Traveller, Oct/Nov 2018
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With a full red to brick-red colour, the bouquet is savoury, earthy and slightly meaty, while the palate is supple and fruit-sweet, soft and harmonious with cherry fruit and toasty oak intermingling. It needs and responds well to aeration.
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.