Winemaker Sandro Mosele has crafted a reputation for some of the finest representations of Australian Pinot and Chardonnay. The vineyard is split into five individual parcels with a variety of clones planted on some very different soils, and everything is done to enhance and express the natural characteristics of each parcel. Sandro believes that that wine is both art and science. Understanding the science is critical but the art is about philosophy, plantings and place; preserving the purity of the fruit, celebrating difference and respecting the land.
The Kooyong Massale is an estate blend of Pinot Noir parcels from the Haven and Ballewindi vineyards. The fruit is 100% destemmed and fermented, without yeast inoculation, in open vats for 18 to 21 days. The malolactic conversion is indigenous. The maturation period is 10 months in French oak (15% new).
Vibrant Ruby Red. Opulent with juicy cherry and raspberry perfumed notes and a supporting minerality. A finely structured palate supported by persistent acidity and tannin. This wine shows richness and depth supported by juicy fruits including raspberry and cherry. It has a good linear palate and is supported with subtle oak. An elegant wine, which is both approachable when young, and shows potential for further improvement with age.
REVIEWS & AWARDS
“I’m yet to have a 2008 Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula that I don’t like – and I’ve tried quite a few. This is Kooyong’s entry-level offering, and it’s great value. It displays rich aromas of plum, cherry, and raspberry with a little spice and minerality. It has food friendly acid backbone that is well supported by flavours of cherries and strawberry with earthy and gamey notes.” – Ben Thomas – Weekly Review