Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2018
100% Pinot Noir. The wine opens with heady aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, violet and baking spice. Weighty and powerful, the palate offers flavours of morello cherry, cranberry and an earthy blood orange
Underlying this is a tight line of very fine grain tannin
and a silky mid-palate that deliver tightness and length. This wine
will greatly reward mid-term cellaring, should be good around 2030!
The Estate Pinot is a blend of three blocks on the Kooyong vineyard site: Meres, Haven and Ferrous – a true representation of place and vintage.
The fruit was fermented in a combination of large-format oak foudre, 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 were new), puncheons and foudre and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The maturation period last 12 months. The wine is then bottled without fining and with
Following a wet Winter, budburst commenced relatively late in
mid-September. The Winter rainfall set up the vineyards well for
Spring with overall temperatures during Spring slightly higher
than average accompanied by below average rainfall. Flowering
commenced mid late November with ideal weather conditions,
resulting in one of the best fruit sets in many years.
The mild to warm conditions continued throughout Summer and
veraison commenced in mid-January. Harvest delivered fruitful
crop loads matched with very stable weather conditions, ensuring
vine performance and good ripeness. Picking commenced late
February and the viticultural team worked steadily until the
beginning of April delivering outstanding fruit. The white wines
display excellent acidity, depth and intense fruit flavours. The red
wines look poised and elegant with powerful aromatics and a
great balance between tannin and acid.
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