2021 Massale Pinot Noir

2021
Massale Pinot Noir

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Tasting Profile

December 2021

Bright and aromatic, the nose delivers raspberry, strawberry and red cherry with savoury spice notes. The palate displays morello cherry and more raspberry flavours. The tannins are firm yet fine and taper into the polished finish. Sappy, moreish and complex, this wine can be enjoyed now but will gain interest over the medium term.

12.5% alcohol

Tasting Profile 2021
Tasting Profile 2020
Tasting Profile 2019



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Reviews

Wine Front, March 2022

Gary Walsh

Red cherry, spiced strawberry, subtle oak. It’s delicate, but precise, with bright red fruits, a subtle sappiness, fine emery tannin, and a fresh and juicy red fruit finish of fine shape and length. A smattering of dried herb and meaty reduction finishes it off. Charming, understated, and really good to drink.

93 points

The Real Review, March 2022

Stuart Knox

Medium-depth, bright ruby-red colour. Dark cherry, smoked meat and sage aromas. Dark cherry fruit with good concentration, some complexing herbal notes as well. Fine tannins have the power to balance the fruit and it carries quite long to a dry finish.

90 points

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The Vintage

Although 2020 Winter was mild, it provided excellent rainfall, with approximately 225mm falling evenly throughout June, July, and August. Budburst commenced in the second week of September, a typical start to a season on the Mornington Peninsula. Spring presented typical conditions with fluctuating temperatures and rainfall. Temperatures stabilised before flowering, and the region experienced favourable conditions throughout this critical time of the season. All our vineyards enjoyed good flowering and fruit set. While early Summer rainfall was below average, conditions shifted to wet and humid during January. The viticultural team worked diligently to ensure our vineyards remained disease-free. Veraison commenced mid-January, earlier than the last couple of seasons. Our vineyards were replenished with good natural rainfall during this time, thus satisfying the increased water demand of grapevines. The sunny but relatively cool weather throughout February meant ripening was slow and steady. Harvest commenced in early March and continued into early April. The weather remained mild throughout, and harvest progressed at an even pace, providing ideal conditions.
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The Vineyard

The 2019 Kooyong Massale is a blend of Pinot Noir from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards. The fruit was fermented in open vats. Fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 15 to 18 days. The wine underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The maturation period was 10 months in French oak barriques and puncheons (5% new) and large format foudre. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

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