- 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.
The 2019 Kooyong Massale is a blend of estate grown Pinot Noir
parcels 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.
Winter provided good average rainfall with approximately
200mm in total falling over June, July and August. Early
September welcomed the beginning of budburst, leading to a
cool Spring with very little rainfall. Cool weather continued
throughout the peak growing months of October, November and
December. Spring rainfall was slightly below average but
sufficient to ensure the vineyards were in good condition leading
January was warm, with temperatures exceeding the long-term
average, and dry, with almost no rainfall. Veraison commenced
mid-January as typical. February was cool providing relief to the
vineyards and consolidating veraison across all our varieties.
Harvest commenced late February. Warmer weather returned at
the beginning of March and conditions remained very dry and
moderately warm throughout the harvest period. The viticultural
and winemaking teams worked with great tenacity, it was a
compact vintage finishing in late March. The white wines have an
attractive balance of flavour and acidity and the red wines deliver
intense flavour with excellent acidity and structure.
Tasting Note – May 2020
Bright aromatics of red cherry and crushed berries leap from the
glass together with notes of violet and hints of allspice. There is
an attractive suppleness to the mid-palate that combines blue
and red fruit plus curacao flavours alongside a savoury line of
tannin. It is fresh, inviting and delivers a long and moreish finish.
Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch licorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and vintage. Richness of fruit on the palate is balanced by bright natural acidity and fine tannins. Hints of savouriness and earthiness from the whole bunch component provide further complexity through the palate and elegant finish. A harmonious wine that will reward cellaring for 3 – 5 years.
Region: The 2019 Kooyong Massale is a blend of estate grown Pinot Noir
parcels from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula
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