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.
This is a single-site wine produced from a gently sloped 1.74 hectares of 15-year-old vines in the Ferrous vineyard. These vines naturally produce low yields, due to a combination of unique orientation, free drainage and high exposure. Along with this, the soil has a far greater prevalence of ironstone pebbles than is found in any other part of the vineyard and delivers a wine with great concentration and savoury tannic presence. For the third consecutive year this wine was fermented in large-format oak foudre. The ferment, with 12% whole bunches, commenced without yeast inoculation and lasted for 22 days. After fermentation, the wine was then pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 30% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with a total maturation period of 17 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.
Very much in the mold of classic Ferrous vintages such as 2005 and 2010, The 2012 Ferrous has a well-layered nose of red raspberry, earth and a hint of ironstone. Flavours of liqueur cherry and blood orange lead into a tightly structured and focused palate with incredible length and tannin persistence: this should mature gracefully for well beyond a decade.
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