2020 Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir


Region: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria (Australia)

Viticulture: Sustainable

Winemaker: Glen Hayley

Winery Established Date: 1996

The fruit was fermented in a combination of large-format oak foudre (20-120 hectolitres oak vessels), 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 is new) and puncheons and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The maturation period was 12 months. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

Sommeliers Recommendation:

Displaying bright fruit notes more in the red spectrum, the nose opens with raspberry and strawberry, complemented by orange peel and spice notes of cassia and clove. A great example of Mornington Pinot Noir. Fruity and easy drinking, with strawberry flavours on the nose and palate, but also followed spicy and complex. Fine tannins and medium acidity, which make this wine very food friendly.

Kooyong Estate is located on the Mornington Peninsula, one of Australia’s foremost cool-climate maritime wine regions. Kooyong, owned by Giorgio and Dianne Gjergja and released its first wines in 2001. The vineyard is planted to pinot noir (26.64ha), chardonnay (10.35ha) and, more recently, pinot gris (3ha) and a little shiraz (0.97ha). In July ’15, after 6 years as Assisitant Winemaker, Glen Hayley, was appointed Chief Winemaker at Kooyong. The Kooyong wines are made at the state-of-the-art winery of Port Phillip Estate. Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir comprises fruit from the 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.

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