Kooyong, Farrago Chardonnay 2018

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    Chardonnay 100%

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    Glen Hayley

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Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Farrago offers enticing fresh notes of orange blossom, grapefruit and nectarine kernel along with a touch of flint. Classic Farrago qualities dominate the palate – flavours ranging from red citrus (mandarin and clementine) to stone fruit, all supported by an energetic structure that is full of power, drive and balanced acidity. The finish is mineral and moreish. This will greatly reward time in the cellar.

Production Notes

This single-block wine is sourced from just 1.02 ha of 18-year-old gently sloping Chardonnay vines within the 2.76 ha Farrago block. The mottled appearance of the clay soil in the Farrago block is caused by a high percentage of ironstone pebbles, much like the Ferrous vineyard. This siliceous influence helps infuse the resulting wines with linearity and minerality. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (of which 15% were new), where fermentation occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts. After fermentation the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for 12 months, with the only racking occurring directly prior to bottling. The wine was 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