Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir 2018
Kooyong Massale is 100% Pinot Noir. Fresh and inviting with a youthful perfume of sweet black cherries, wild summer berries and a drop of rose petals and cedar spice. Dry and medium-bodied with soft tannins running through a rich, smooth and fleshy mouthfeel. Layers of fine dried herbs, cinnamon, oak and liquorice spice infuses with deep red fruit flavours, creating a cherry liqueur character on the finish.
We would place this red on the savoury end of the Pinot Noir spectrum.
The Kooyong Massale is a blend of estate grown Pinot Noir from their Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards. The fruit was fermented spontaneously with ambient yeasts in open vats for 16–18 days. The wine underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. Finally maturing for 10 months in French oak barriques (8% new) and large oak foudres. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 92 POINTS
Fresh as a daisy. Frisky to boot. Cherry-plum and orange rind, beet and rose petals. A slip of smoky/cedary oak. There’s some softness to the palate but it bounds through the palate in energetic fashion. A joy to drink.
– 91 POINTS
Medium-bodied, with floral, spicy small red berries, cherries and citrusy aromas; supple and creamy, with vibrant small fruits, cinnamon and licorice extending long and smooth over fine, pliant tannins.
Youthful ripe strawberry fragrance with fresh berries and a hint of cocoa. Lovely palate with expertly handled oak and a long finish.