Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir
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PRODUCER: The Kooyong vineyard and winery, established in 1996, was acquired by the Gjergja family in 2004. Kooyong is located in Tuerong, towards the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula. The majority of the forty hectare site is planted to Pinot Noir, with a substantial area of Chardonnay and several small sections of Pinot Gris.
WINEMAKING: The fruit was fermented in open vats. Fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted for 16 to 18 days. The wine underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The maturation period was 11 months in French oak barriques (8% new) and large format foudre. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
TASTING NOTES: The nose is vibrantly fruited, with dark cherry and raspberry aromas, floral elements and top notes of savoury spice, earth and undergrowth. The palate is generous, with attractive yet balanced ripeness propelling the red fruits and spicy dark floral characters. Balanced acidity and fine tannins help this wine to linger.