Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir comprises fruit from our Meres, Haven and Ferrous blocks. It offers an overall expression of the Kooyong vineyard, with parcels of fruit from various soils and mesoclimates blended to create the Estate label. Each year the same parcels are consistently chosen, giving this wine an underlying likeness across vintages.
The fruit was fermented in a combination of large-format oak foudre, large-format concrete tanks and stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts, included a proportion of whole bunches and lasted 16 to 18 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (20% of which were new) and puncheons and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The maturation period was 12 months. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
The expressive nose reveals bright and pure aromas of black/red cherry and raspberry together with a smoky mineral edge. The palate has focus and direction, with supple mid-palate weight, and is framed by fine tannins. Intense floral flavours and oak spice coat the freshly acidic finish. Youthful and enjoyable now, this wine will significantly reward time in the cellar.
The WineFront, June 2022
This is Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir in a good place. The fruit here is good but it’s about more than that. It’s a complex wine, savoury and a touch meaty, but these extra fancies lie beneath the surface and are not overt. I like it like that: it’s the fresh face of maturity, if you will. Strawberry and cherry flavours are the main go though swish, polished, cedarwood oak plays a handy role too. The feet of this wine may well be beating fast but you’d never know; it presents as elegant, supple and refreshing throughout, everything neat, everything pleasing, the line between under- and over-ripeness perfectly negotiated.
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.