Quality and
sustainability.

Viticulturist
Stuart Marshall

We endeavour to grow the highest quality fruit that expresses the terroir of each vineyard.

Kooyong


Tuerong, planted 1996

The majority of the forty hectare site is planted to Pinot Noir, with a large area of Chardonnay and several small sections of Pinot Gris.

The vineyard lies between an altitude of 100 and 125 metres.

Vineyard map

More detailed vineyard block information below…

Port Phillip Estate


Red Hill, planted 1987

This vineyard is set in a natural amphitheatre on north and east-facing slopes and is planted to nine hectares of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with small plots of Sauvignon and Shiraz.

The vineyard lies between an altitude of 140 and 160 metres.

Vineyard map

More detailed vineyard block information below…

 


Balnarring, planted 1997

This vineyard is planted to 12 hectares of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The vineyard lies between an altitude of 50 to 70 metres.

Vineyard map

Hand pruned,
shoot thinned and
hand picked.

Kooyong

The soils of Kooyong are distinctive. The bedrock found at depth is sedimentary, an ancient weathered sandstone dating back to the Ordovician period some 450 million years ago.

The surface soils are also sedimentary, laid down by a marine incursion which occurred during the Miocene epoch.

Although the soils are classed overall as duplex clay loam, different parts of the vineyard express differing percentages of sand, loam and clay.

These differences markedly influence the flavours of the wines from each block.

Faultline

Faultline, the largest block at Kooyong, is planted predominantly to Chardonnay in an area where the soils are characterised by a friable dark brown loamy clay.

Adjacent to the Farrago block to the West, the Faultline block is more gently sloping. The block is bounded by a geological fault that runs along the south-western end, beyond which the soil becomes quite poorly drained. Before this fault, however, the soils are well drained and high in organic matter.

The Chardonnay from the Faultline block is rich and full, defined by a generosity of texture while still supported by Kooyong’s inherent minerality.

Farrago

Exclusively planted to Chardonnay, this small block is gently north-sloping with sediments ranging from those higher in sand to those higher in clay.

The best fruit within the block comes from the zone higher in clay where the soil has a mottled appearance due to high sandstone pebble content, hence the block’s name Farrago.

The Chardonnay from the Farrago block is defined by a precise linear character with strong silicaceous minerality. At its best, this is the premier white wine with the greatest ageing potential.

Meres

The Meres block is planted entirely to Pinot Noir with the exception of a tiny quarter acre annexe planted to Pinot Gris. Located along the eastern boundary of Kooyong, the name Meres alludes to water bodies – the dams which flank the block on all sides.

This gently sloping block is the most exposed of all our Pinot Noir plantings, leading to low vigour and low yields. The combination of the soils, a less loamy topsoil and more clay subsoil than the other blocks, and low vigour produces highly aromatic and perfumed red-fruited Pinot Noir with a structure that, as the vines age, is becoming more robust.

 

Haven

Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir, the Haven block is the most sheltered of the vineyard blocks. It is a relatively level site surrounded by thick tree belts which protect it from strong winds. The soils are classed as a duplex loam over clay, have a relatively higher percentage of loam and a moderate amount of sandstone pebbles interspersed through the soil profile.

The lack of exposure to strong winds allows the vines to keep a rich green canopy until comparatively late in the ripening period and the resulting Haven Pinot Noir possesses fruit in the more purplish spectrum with a certain richness and lushness yet a firm underlying tannic structure. Regal and poised, Haven shows excellent capacity for ageing.

Ferrous

Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir, the Ferrous block lies to the East of and adjacent to the Haven block. It is a more sloping block than Haven, therefore more rapidly draining, and is also much less protected from winds – a little like Meres.

These vines naturally produce low yields due to a combination of unique orientation, free drainage and a lack of protection from the elements. Together with this, the soil of the Ferrous block has a far greater prevalence of ironstone pebbles than any other part of the vineyard and delivers wine with great concentration and savoury tannic presence.

Port Phillip Estate

The soils of the Red Hill vineyard exemplify the tholeiitic basalts of the Eocene period, when the volcanic activity extruded throughout the Red Hill, Main Ridge and Merricks areas.

These iron-rich ferrosols give us the well-drained, moderately vigorous clay loams that are expressed in the pure bright and aromatic wines from this property.

Morillon

The Morillon Pinot Noir is sourced from the oldest fruit parcel at Port Phillip Estate’s Red Hill vineyard. The 0.6 hectare block was planted in 1987. The iron and magnesium-rich but otherwise weathered basalts confer a savoury, earthy minerality to the wine. With maturity, the original block consistently produces wine with an extra level of structure, balance and intensity.

Serenne

The Serenne Shiraz is produced only in the better vintages. Being a cool site, the fruit produces a wine of perfumed plum and mulberry fruits, silky tannin and hints of pepper and charcuterie aromas, along with the site’s hallmark minerality, natural acidity and savoury character.

Our sustainable farming practices are driven by the belief that the health of our vineyard soils, and thus vines, underpin wine quality.