This wine is sourced from a selection of parcels from 0.5 ha of 15-year-old Shiraz vines within the Faultline block. Planted to a density of 4,700 vines per hectare, the soil in this section of the vineyard contains dark brown and yellow chromosols that are particularly well-drained, more so than other parts of the property.
The fruit was fermented in a large-format, open-top stainless-steel tank. The ferment, with a portion of whole bunches, occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 19 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak puncheons (second and third use) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The maturation period was 15 months. The wine was bottled without fining.
The nose offers an exciting mix of blackcurrant, salted plum, peppery spice and pine nut. There is a soft weight to the juicy palate, together with more blackcurrant flavours and a fine cranberry acidity; this is a supple and elegant Shiraz. Chalk-like tannin and a dusty oak character round out the wine. Shy at present, greater detail will be revealed with time in the cellar.
The WineFront, December 2021
Red fruits, pepper, a bit of gum leaf, bacon bones and dry spices. It’s medium-bodied, spicy and meaty, ripe tomato and herbs, grainy and dusty tannin, and a sappy spicy finish of solid length. Quite savoury, slightly sour, and packed with dried herb and olive, but an interesting wine offering a stylish version of Shiraz.
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.