The beautiful and modern city of Melbourne sits at the top (north) end of Port Phillip, and the bay of Port Phillip has the Mornington Peninsula on its south eastern edge. The Mornington Peninsula is considered a cooler region, given its latitude so far south, at least by Australian standards. The Mornington Peninsula is a fairly small piece of land with a fairly large number of wineries, many of which specialize in cooler climate wines. Kooyong Wines is a specialist Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer which we think are the ideal varieties to be planted for what is Australia’s foremost cool climate maritime wine growing region. We are passionate about our biological viticultural practices and sensitive minimalist winemaking which produces site expressive wines of elegance, complexity and structure. The vineyard and winery were established in 1996 and is owned and operated by the Gjergja family. The winemaker is Glen Hayley. The majority of the 40 hectare site is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a small block of Pinot Gris. We are passionate about our biological viticultural practices and sensitive minimalist winemaking which produces site expressive wines of elegance, complexity and structure.
The palate is full and satisfying, the aromas build into the flavours but there is more juicy dark cherry and strawberry fruit here too. This is certainly not a light Pinot but yet, for all of its power and density of flavour, it still has a fine structure. Fine and elegant, there are plenty of briar bush berry aromas. Savoury wood smoke and tar are also in the mix. The finish is long and tantalising, plenty of fresh vibrant acidity and firm but restrained tannins on the long finish.