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Kooyong Wines

Location: Mornington Peninsula

The winemaking philosophy is to best preserve the inherent characteristics present in the fruit while making wines of elegance, finesse, texture, complexity and structure.

Our wines are domain specific. We believe that all of our wines should convey a sense of the place and the season in which they were grown.

Our practices in the winery are non-interventionist. All of our wines are fermented spontaneously as are the malolactic fermentations.

The winery is designed to promote the movement of fruit and wine via gravity flow, avoiding the use of pumps. When a pump is required very gentle peristaltic pumps are employed.

All the red wines are unfined and unfiltered. The white wines are all unfined and at times also unfiltered.

We use wholly French oak for wine maturation, red and white. We bottle all of our wines in-house using our dedicated bottling line.

The waste water produced during wine production is recycled through eco-sensitive constructed wetlands in which indigenous plants naturally treat and recycle the water for reuse as irrigation water on the property.

 

 

Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2011

James Halliday 2014 Ratings: 92 points

Mid garnet; there is good depth of expression despite the challenges of the 2011 vintage, with the bouquet offering black cherry, spicy oak aromas and a prominent ironstone complexity; the palate is fleshy on entry, with a taut acid and tannin structure leading to a charry and slightly bony yet pleasantly long savoury finish.

Tasting Note

Bright garnet-maroon colour. The nose debuts some of the hallmarks of the vintage with plenty of savoury raspberry fruit and sagey, lavender-esque crushed herbs. The bouquet then builds weight with some darker berry characters, notes of bruised rose petal and roasting pan juices, bark, smoke, sweet tea leaves and a lilt of graphite. In the mouth the wine is lively and attacks central with a wonderful mix of savoury and ripe flavours, then builds with the aforementioned complexing characters, persistent tannin, mineral line and a sweet asian spice note to length.

 

 

Kooyong Estate Chardonnay 2012

James Halliday 2015 Ratings: 94 points

Bright straw-green; the bouquet is at once restrained yet complex, a contradiction resolved by the intensity and length of the grapefruit/mineral/cashew palate, its balance not in question.

Tasting Note A youthful pale yellow in appearance, with a complex aroma fusing top notes of citrus, nectarine pit and white floral with flinty undertones. The energetic palate achieves a textural depth from grapefruit and mandarin flavours balanced with a leesy creaminess, and reveals a long and powerful pithy finish.

 

 

Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay 2012

James Halliday 2015 Ratings: 96 points

Tasting Note

The smallest of all our vineyard blocks (planted 1998), the Farrago wine comes from just 0.47 ha of a 2.76 ha gently sloping Chardonnay block. The mottled appearance of the clay soil 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 (12.5% new), where fermentation took place without inoculation. After fermentation the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for 12 months, with the only racking occurring directly prior tobottling. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

The 2012 Farrago expresses a complex ripe mixture of pink and red citrus, nectarine kernel and an intriguing sea shore element. There is a controlled power to the rich mid-palate flavours that conclude in a chalky, dry and intense finish that combines both

excellent length and complexity. More approachable now than the Faultline, it will continue to improve for a number of years in the cellar.

 

 

Kooyong Haven Pinot Noir 2012

James Halliday 2015 Ratings: 96 points

Tasting Note The single-site Haven wine (16-year-old vines, 1.78 ha), as the name suggests, comes from the most sheltered of all our vineyard sites. The lack of exposure to strong winds allows the vines to keep a canopy of rich green until comparatively late in the ripening period and the resulting Haven wines always possess fruit in the more purplish spectrum, with a certain richness and lushness yet a firm underlying tannic structure. This block is broken down into 7 different parcels, with the same 2 parcels historically being selected for this wine. For the fourth consecutive year fermentation took place in large-format oak foudre. The ferment was 100% destemmed and commenced without yeast inoculation and lasted for 26 days. After fermentation, the wine was then pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 33% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with the total maturation period lasting 17 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.

The 2012 Haven has a ripe but brooding nose of blood plum, dark cherry and hints of stone. In comparison to previous years, this release has a far more taut, dry and savoury palate that is long and intense with a persistent finish of firm grainy tannins. Tasted over 24 hours it continued to open up and fill out, and as a result demands time in the cellar to reach its full potential.

 

 

Kooyong Ferrous Pinot Noir 2012

James Halliday 2015 Ratings: 96 points

Tasting Note This is a single-site wine produced from a gently sloped 1.74 hectares of 15-year-old vines in the Ferrous vineyard. These vines naturally produce low yields, due to a combination of unique orientation, free drainage and high exposure. Along with this, the soil has a far greater prevalence of ironstone pebbles than is found in any other part of the vineyard and delivers a wine with great concentration and savoury tannic presence. For the third consecutive year this wine was fermented in large-format oak foudre. The ferment, with 12% whole bunches, commenced without yeast inoculation and lasted for 22 days. After fermentation, the wine was then pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 30% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with a total maturation period of 17 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.

Very much in the mold of classic Ferrous vintages such as 2005 and 2010, The 2012 Ferrous has a well-layered nose of red raspberry, earth and a hint of ironstone. Flavours of liqueur cherry and blood orange lead into a tightly structured and focusedpalate with incredible length and tannin persistence: this shouldmature gracefully for well beyond a decade.

 

 

Kooyong Meres Pinot Noir 2012

James Halliday 2015 Ratings: 96 points

Tasting Note The Meres is a single-block wine sourced from a 1.29 ha vineyard

planted in 1997 on a gentle north-facing slope. This, the most exposed of all our Pinot plantings, leads to vines that offer low vigour and low yields. The combination of the soils (less loamy top soil and more clay subsoil than the other blocks), exposure and low vigour produces highly aromatic and perfumed redfruited Pinot Noir with a structure that, as the vines age, is becoming more masculine and serious. For the fourth consecutive year this wine was fermented in large-format oak foudre. The ferment (with a small portion of whole bunches) commenced without yeast inoculation and lasted for 23 days.After fermentation, the wine was then pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 30% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with a total maturation period of 17 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.

Aromatically generous, the 2012 Meres leads off with intense cherry and citrus flavours. There is a delightfully seductive character to the juicy and elegant middle palate that is backed up with a firm tannic structure and energetic finish. Whilst retaining the classic hallmarks of past releases, this release is reaching the

higher echelon of this vineyard and showing great promise for the future. More revealing in its youth compared to the other two Pinots, it will greatly benefit from time in the bottle.

 

 

Kooyong Faultline Chardonnay 2012

James Halliday 2015 Ratings: 95 points

Tasting Note

 

Whilst it is the largest vineyard at Kooyong, the Faultline wine itself comes from a tiny 0.42 ha block of the now 16-year-old Chardonnay vines. With the soils containing less ironstone and more deep clay compared to the Farrago vineyard, the resulting wines contain an earthy depth and a fuller, richer palate. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (25% new), where fermentation took place without inoculation. After fermentation the wine is aged on lees (without battonage) for 12 months, with the only racking occurring directly prior to bottling. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

The 2012 Faultline delivers an aroma of real depth and detail with characters of wet stones, lemon rind and wild herbs. Fennel and coriander seed combine with subtle citrus fruits on the palate, but where the Faultline really impresses is in its focused linear direction that culminates in a racy, chalky finish. Will reward with time in the cellar.

 

 

 

Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2013

James Halliday 2014 Ratings: 95 points

Mid gold, vivid green hue: the highly expressive and savoury bouquet offers fresh grapefruit, nectarine, charcuterie and struck match in equal measure: the palate is racy and fresh, with the concentration of fruit offering generosity and providing the framework for the diligent winemaking on display: long and harmonious, and good value.

Tasting Note

Bright straw pale gold colour. A vibrant nose of rockmelon, nectarine, white peach, mandarin, orange peel, figs, ground almonds and underlying notes of quartzy minerality and brioche. The palate opens up to a delicate creaminess with layers of hazelnut, figs and oatmeal characters balanced with apple and citrus fruits. Good length finishing with balanced texture and acidity

 

 

Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir 2012

James Halliday 2014 Ratings: 93 points

Full, bright crimson-purple; black cherry and blood plum set the scene for both the bouquet and palate alike; the structure seems to come more from acidity than tannins, and the wine will develop slowly.

Tasting Note

A deep cherry hue. The nose is vibrantly fruited, with dark cherry and raspberry aromas, violetty purple floral elements and top notes of savoury spice, earth and undergrowth. The palate is ebullient and somewhat generous, with attractive yet balanced ripeness propelling the red/purple fruits and spicy dark floral characters. Balanced acidity and fine but plentiful tannins help this wine linger in the mouth

 

 


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