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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.

All Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate wines are entirely domain grown, vinified and bottled. The wines in the Quartier stable are produced from estate grown fruit and fruit from neighbouring vineyards.

The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice. 

The 2013 Farrago continues the exciting expression of this vineyard, with the nose offering fresh and complex notes of flint, pebble and citrus zest. The precise and focused palate shows youthful austerity, with an exotic mix of star fruit, lime and wet stone. The wine climaxes into a long and powerful chalk-laden finish. Will reward time in the cellar.

It’s built on citrus, green melon and apple but there’s a peachiness too, a creaminess, a toastiness and of course some bitterness from grapefruit. It’s a fruit gamut, with oak, on the park. It powers through but lilts long; it roars with acidity but has flavour draped and flowing. Indeed, this is very fine, indeed. Rating: 96 Points; Drink: 2016-2021; Price: $60; Date Tasted: March 2015; Alcohol: 13.5%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front


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