Pinot Noir Mixed Cases from Kooyong | June 6, 2018

Aussie Pinot Noir Mixed Cases!

All 3 Single-Vineyard Pinots from the Mornington Peninsula Star

$82.99 / bottle (6 btls/cs)

2 bottles each of:
2016 Pinot Noir ‘Haven Vineyard’
2016 Pinot Noir ‘Meres Vineyard’
2016 Pinot Noir ‘Ferrous Vineyard’

It isn’t just New Zealand that’s making top-shelf Pinot these days. We know what you’re thinking — Australia is hot! It’s true, and that’s why the country is known for their bold, full-bodied reds made from Cab and famously Shiraz. But like elsewhere, there are cool pockets that winemakers have sniffed out for planting Burgundian varieties. Morning Peninsula (along with the Yarra Valley) has become the go-to place for Pinot in Australia. The coastal region is about 80km south of Melbourne and enjoys a cool maritime climate that is perfectly suited to the grape. Kooyong has firmly established itself as one of the very best producers in Mornington, known for their balanced single-vineyard wines. 

Kooyong is a small operation that began in the late nineties and was purchased by Giorgio and Dianne Gjergja in 2004. The Kooyong wines are all made at the state-of-the-art Port Philip winery, which the pair also owns. Vineyards for the Kooyong wines are located on the north end of the peninsula. All 30 hectares are planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris grown on volcanic soils. Kooyong’s fame was cemented by revered winemaker Sandro Mosele, a known Pinot wizard and former geneticist. He hung up his hat in 2015 and handed the reins over to current winemaker Glen Hayley, who’d been working alongside Mosele for the last six years. Glen got the winemaking bug during a gap year in Vancouver and headed home to Melbourne to get his viticulture degree. He’s worked in France, Germany, New Zealand and the US, honing his Pinot skills especially in Sonoma and Central Otago. The Kooyong style hasn’t changed since Glen took over. He’s still making exciting, savoury, site-specific wines. 

‘This set of Victorian wines would blow a range of Burgundies out of the water. They’d rank up there with some Premier Cru Côte de Beaunes.’  

2016 Pinot Noir ‘Haven Vineyard’
From a 1.3-hectare block of sheltered vines. The vineyard is protected from strong winds and keeps a full canopy until late in the season. Haven is a richer, fuller style supported by tannic structure. It’s naturally fermented in concrete and aged in (20% new) French barrels.
 

Tasting Note:
Opens with a brooding nose of deep red fruits and spicy aromas of sandalwood, kola nut and dried orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with flavours of cranberry and blood plum, that stretch the full length along with a tight line of very fine tannin. The fleshy fruit weight of the palate allows accessibility now, however the structure suggests this is a wine that will develop even more interest with time. 



2016 Pinot Noir ‘Meres Vineyard’
From a 0.9-hectare single block of gently sloped north-facing vines. The higher proportion of clay subsoil here produces a red-fruited, highly perfumed and aromatic style of Pinot. 

Tasting Note:
The 2016 Meres has a perfumed bouquet with bright layers of rose petal, raspberry, lavender and subtle cool spice notes. The palate has a long, juicy and sappy core of ripe forest fruits – raspberry and blackberry – that is complemented and neatly surrounded by fine earthy tannin. The power of the fruit-driven palate offers early appeal, however the tannin and structure of the wine will ensure good medium-term cellaring potential.


2016 Pinot Noir ‘Ferrous Vineyard’
Produced from a 1.2-hectare block of 19-year old vines that are naturally low-yielding due to a unique orientation, free drainage, and high exposure. The soil here, unlike elsewhere, contains a large amount of ironstone pebbles that produces a concentrated, savoury wine. 

Tasting Note:
Bold and intense, the 2016 Ferrous displays a complex mix of sweet earthy fruit, violet, potpourri and red citrus. The palate is full of power, drive and energy, with the fruit weight balanced by spicy ferrous-like tannin. The intensity of the fruit, the length of the palate and volume of tannin ensure this wine will develop wonderfully over the next 5–8 years. 

 
ALSO AVAILABLE:

2015 Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir
$59.99 / bottle (6 btls/cs)

A blend from the Haven, Meres, and Ferrous vineyards. The Estate Pinot is a great expression of the Kooyong site that is more accessible and meant for earlier drinking.

Perfumed and complex with dark cherry, blood plum and red fruits mingling with earth and subtle savoury notes, all supported by gently spiced oak. The palate displays forest fruits, pink peppercorns, snapped twigs and dusty, dried leaves. Oak and acid are well integrated providing energy and drive. Ultra-fine tannins combine for a long, lingering finish. 

2016 Chardonnay ‘Faultline Vineyard’ — only 10 cases available
$67.99 / bottle (6 btls/cs)

Faultline is one of two single-vineyard Chardonnays produced at Kooyong, from a 0.4-hectare block. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and fermented in (15% new) french barrels, and spend 12 months aging on the lees. Bottled unfined and with minimal filtration.

96 Points, Jamie Goode (Review for 2015 vintage)
Powerful, mineral and spicy with incredible precision and an intense acid line. Lemony, smoky, with some matchstick minerality. Such acidity, too. This has amazing depth and focus, and will last a long time.

This is a private stock offer. Order now for delivery in 3-4 months. 
The deadline to order is Friday, June 15th. 

To Place Your Order:
Call Michelle Desroches directly at (416) 779 4101 or Via Email: MichelleD@lifford.com

Shipping available for Ontario residents only.