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Kooyong

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Sandro Mosele, Kooyong’s winemaker, combines an Italian heritage with an Australian ‘can-do’ attitude and a love of Burgundy – a multi-cultural mix which finds expression through these archetypal cool-climate wines from the Mornington Peninsula.

The pastoral charms of the area – although if you visit while the Australian Grand Prix is on, the growl of distant Formula 1 cars is audible – form a backdrop for a vineyard split into five parcels, a number of clones and a variety of soils. This focus on single vineyards and individual terroir is Kooyong’s mission statement – again, the influence of Burgundy is clear – while Sandro’s passion for Coche-Dury is reflected in the smoky, gunflint character of the winery’s Chardonnays.

In the winery, Sandro is a relentless experimenter, happy to try wooden fermenters and unlined concrete vats; never content to stand still, but never straying far from Kooyong’s clearly identifiable – and increasingly talked-about – style.

Other wines by this producer

  1. Faultline Chardonnay 10 Kooyong 6/75

    Bright lemon colour. Aromas of white peach and crunchy nectarine, potter’s clay and a hint of leesy funk. The palate is strident and powerful with some apricot fleshiness, the anchoring Faultline clay minerality and the textbook peach skin phenolic drive. Long and impressive.

  2. Haven Pinot Noir 09 Kooyong 6/75

    Spicy, smokey, gamey aromas, leavened in the mouth with hints of anise and heather over succulent black cherry fruit. Well-structured, with richness and a warm, enveloping texture.

  3. Faultline Chardonnay 12 Kooyong 6/75

    Bright lemon colour. Aromas of white peach and crunchy nectarine, potter’s clay and a hint of leesy funk. The palate is strident and powerful with some apricot fleshiness, the anchoring Faultline clay minerality and the textbook peach skin phenolic drive. Long and impressive.

  4. Haven Pinot Noir 12 Kooyong 6/75

    Spicy, smokey, gamey aromas, leavened in the mouth with hints of anise and heather over succulent black cherry fruit. Well-structured, with richness and a warm, enveloping texture.

  5. Haven Pinot Noir 11 Kooyong 6/75

    Spicy, smokey, gamey aromas, leavened in the mouth with hints of anise and heather over succulent black cherry fruit. Well-structured, with richness and a warm, enveloping texture.

  6. Meres Pinot Noir 11 Kooyong 6/75

    Bright blood-maroon colour. Possibly a little more masculine than other recent releases of this wine, this has the pretty, aromatic red fruits of Meres but with an unusual depth and meaty complexity. Dusty herbs and focussed red fruits frame the palate and are carried by the site’s classic silkiness to length.

  7. Ferrous Pinot Noir 11 Kooyong 6/75

    A darker and more restrained nose than the Meres. Rather than a panoply of mixed fruits, this is more dense and complex, with smoked meats, blueberry, ironstone, black olive, and a touch of Chinese five spice. A singular style with an exciting range of flavours. Tannins are quite firm on the back palate at the moment, and will soften with age.

  8. Clonale Chardonnay 13 Kooyong 6/75

    Bright limey-straw colour. An aromatic nose with fresh lime/ lemon and quartzy silica mineral characters, balanced with notes of grilled nuts, white peach and a soft creaminess. Palate is bright and again minerally with the same attractive balance of pert citrus zing and layers of texture; arguably this is also a particularly pure and structural vintage for Clonale.

  9. Beurrot Pinot Gris 13 Kooyong 6/75

    Bright straw colour. Aromas of struck match accentuate an expressive nose of bomboniere almond, spun sugar, nougat, lychee and sweet fresh hay. The palate is rich yet dry and structured, with a viscous texture characteristic of the variety, moderate alcohol and fresh acidity. The residual sugar is relatively low for this style, at 3.7g/L and helps to emphasize the purity and line of this wine. Best enjoyed whilst youthful, this wine will build further richness over several years.

  10. Ferrous Pinot Noir 12 Kooyong 6/75

    A darker and more restrained nose than the Meres. Rather than a panoply of mixed fruits, this is more dense and complex, with smoked meats, blueberry, ironstone, black olive, and a touch of Chinese five spice. A singular style with an exciting range of flavours. Tannins are quite firm on the back palate at the moment, and will soften with age.

  11. Massale Pinot Noir 13 Kooyong 6/75

    A pretty purplish crimson colour. The nose speaks of bright red fruits - raspberry and cherry, then violet florals, dried meadow herbs and hints of cherry pip, oak and botanical spices. The palate is attractively brambly with a core of red fruits, fresh acidity, fine, graphite-like tannins and a savoury edge which balances the fruit. This wine is approachable when young yet shows potential for further improvement with careful cellaring.

  12. Faultline Chardonnay 13 Kooyong 6/75

    Bright lemon colour. Aromas of white peach and crunchy nectarine, potter’s clay and a hint of leesy funk. The palate is strident and powerful with some apricot fleshiness, the anchoring Faultline clay minerality and the textbook peach skin phenolic drive. Long and impressive.

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