2018 Farrago Chardonnay

2018
Farrago Chardonnay

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Tasting Profile

This single-block wine is sourced from just 0.7 ha of 20-year-old gently sloping Chardonnay vines within the 2.76 ha Farrago block. The mottled appearance of the clay soil in the Farrago block is caused by a high percentage of ironstone pebbles, much like the Ferrous vineyard. This siliceous influence helps infuse the resulting wines with linearity and minerality. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (of which 15% were new), where fermentation occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts. Following fermentation, the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for 11 months, with the only racking occurring directly prior to bottling. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

The 2018 Farrago opens to a bright bouquet of yellow grapefruit, tangerine and fresh-cut pineapple, complemented by a hint of flint and crushed biscuit. With time, slightly more exotic notes of fenugreek and pearl barley are revealed. The palate is powerful and intense while displaying great clarity and charm. Zesty acid drives the wine, with red grapefruit and lemon peel flavours dominating. Succulence on the long and broadening finale is capped off with ginger spice, oats and orange pith flavours. This wine will greatly reward time in the cellar.

13.5%

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Reviews

Wine of the Week, March 2020

It is almost impossible to go wrong with the single-vineyard chardonnay releases from esteemed Mornington Peninsula producer Kooyong; you can taste the attention to detail adopted by winemaker Glen Hayley and his vineyard team. This razor-sharp single-block wine is sourced from just 1.02 hectares of near 20-year-old chardonnay vines within the 2.76 hectare Farrago block. French oak and lees stirring have played a role but linear intensity and flinty minerality are the key element. If you love citrusy Chablis with zesty drive then you won’t want to miss this. Well worth splashing out on.

95 points

Winsor Dobbin

JeremyOliver.com, May 2020

Typically mineral and textural, with a faintly smoky bouquet of grapefruit, matchstick/vanilla oak, ginger and coriander backed by a whiff of oyster shell brine. Round and succulent with a moderately long and slatey palate of intense citrusy fruit and brittle acids, it finishes with savoury, briny notes.

93 points

Jeremy Oliver

WineFront, March 2020

Clean lines of varietal flavour. Custard apples, white peach, maybe some grapefruit. Smoky oak. Grilled nuts. It’s a wine in good form if not great form. It has an elegance, especially on the finish. And some subtle flinty notes.

93 points

Campbell Mattinson

Wine of the Week, March 2020

A stunning chardonnay which has vitality and pizzazz. Cashew nut, creamy lees, lemon and grapefruit aromas and flavours. The palate is tautly-composed and refined, intense and lingering.

96 points

Huon Hooke

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The Vintage

Following a wet Winter, budburst commenced relatively late in mid September. The Winter rainfall set up the vineyards well for Spring with overall temperatures during Spring slightly higher than average accompanied by below average rainfall. Flowering commenced mid late November with ideal weather conditions, resulting in one of the best fruit sets in many years. The mild to warm conditions continued throughout Summer and veraison commenced in mid January. Harvest delivered fruitful crop loads matched with very stable weather conditions, ensuring vine performance and good ripeness. Picking commenced late February and the viticultural team worked steadily until the beginning of April delivering outstanding fruit. The white wines display excellent acidity, depth and intense fruit flavours. The red wines look poised and elegant with powerful aromatics and a great balance between tannin and acid.
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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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