Kooyong, Clonale Chardonnay 2018

Regular price £20.50
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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Australia

  • Region:

    Victoria

  • ABV:

    13.00%

  • Grape:

    Chardonnay

  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Glen Hayley

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2018 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Tastes like Chassagne-Montrachet that costs twice as much! Bright limey-straw colour. An aromatic nose with fresh lime/ lemon and quartzy silica mineral characters, balanced with notes of toasted 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.

Production Notes

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 2015 Kooyong Clonale is a blend of Chardonnay from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards. The parcels in this wine represent 8.1 hectares. The grapes are gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (10% new), where fermentation takes place without inoculation. After fermentation the wine is aged on lees (without battonage) for 10 months. It is bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

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Producer Profile

Kooyong Wines is a small winery hailing from the Port Philip Estate. The winery strives to grow and cultivate the highest quality of fruit that can express the terroir of the vineyard where it is grown. The philosophy that Kooyong follows is that a soil and vineyard biota should be established such that balanced vine sustainability can be maintained in the environment. All wines are entirely domain grown, vinified and bottled with the objective of conveying a sense of the place and the season in which they were grown. A fine balance between scrupulous attention to detail and minimal intervention allows wine to fully express provenance; preserving the inherent characteristics present in the fruit while making wines of elegance, finesse, texture, complexity and structure. Practices in the winery are minimalist. The fermentation of all wines occurs naturally by way of native ambient yeasts. This is also the case for the malolactic fermentations. Wholly French oak is used for all barrel matured wines, red and white. All the red wines are unfined and unfiltered. The white wines are all unfined and at times also unfiltered. Kooyong has established a strong reputation as one of the Mornington Peninsula's top producers. Vines were first planted here in 1996, and the first vintage was 1999. 'We're pushing on 20 years old with some of the vines,' says winemaker Glen Hayley, who last year took over from long-time chief Sandro Mosele, who has gone to 10 Minutes x Tractor. Kooyong was begun by the Aylward family, who sold it to current owners the Gjergjas in 2004. [The Aylwards now run small boutique operation Ocean Eight.] The cellar door and winery is now at the very grand and imposing Port Phillip Estate, but most of the vineyards are on the northern side of the peninsular, in Tuerong. I visited both. The soils here are more of a sandy/clay loam, as opposed to the red volcanic soils higher up. These soils are shallow and dry out quicker, resulting in more robust Pinots and whites with really intense flavour, as well as good acidity. Glen Hayley worked for six years under Sandro, so don't expect these wines, which are widely acclaimed, to change much in style in the near future. I was really impressed. The focus is solely on Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which is what Mornington does best...by Jamie Goode