Vibrant red in colour, the nose offers attractive aromatics of violet, red cherry and earthy spice. Gently flowing with black cherry and dark spice flavours, the silky mid-weight palate carries through to the finish with great length and a curacao-like acidity.
Wine of the Week
Even when tasted blind, Glen Hayley’s wines under the Kooyong label have the ability to seriously stand out from the crowd. I have loved the 2015 Meres and Haven individual vineyard pinots recently – both of which retail for $76 – but you don’t have to spend anywhere near that amount to get a sense of the quality and attention to detail given to all wines in the range from this quality Mornington Peninsula producer. This is an entry level offering, young and enticing, that offers excellent value. It’s bright red and vibrant, medium-bodied and red-fruit-driven with mainly older oak very much in the background adding smoky nuances. Appealing acid on the finish, too. Perfect for drinking now.
The Wine Front
No hesitation on this one. It’s exactly what you’re looking for in a young drink-ready pinot noir. Complex, juicy, forward but not at the expense of structure and form. It’s spicy and autumnal but cherry-berry flavours keep it all moving swiftly along. Tannin is firm, dry and infused with woodsmoke. Indeed, there’s a real woodsy feel to this wine, in a good way. It feels fine and lacy too. So many positives.
Some bolder fruits here. Earthy and dense with plenty of spicy oak. A brisk, brash dose of flavoursome pinot.
The 2017 Kooyong Massale is a blend of estate grown Pinot Noir parcels from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards. The fruit was fermented in open vats. Fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted for 16 to 18 days. The wine underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The maturation period was 11 months in French oak barriques (8% new) and large format foudre. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.