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2018 Kooyong Beurrot Pinot Gris

2018 Kooyong Beurrot Pinot Gris

'Now a swan, exhibiting more gris-centric genetics and all the better for it: slippery. Viscous...about as good as gris gets.' 
94 Points - Ned Goodwin, Halliday's Wine Companion (2017 vintage)

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  • Kooyong's winemaking philosophy is simple; "to best preserve the inherent characteristics present in the fruit while making wines of elegance, finesse, texture, complexity and structure."  It benefits greatly from being located in the Mornington Peninsula region, one of Australia's premier winemaking districts. Under the esteemed guidance of Head Winemaker, Glen Hayley they produce standout wines, focusing on sustainable practices. This expertise is reflected in being named James Halliday’s Winery of the Year in 2012.

    Kooyong's Beurrot comprises two Pinot Gris parcels: the tiny original 0.24 hectare section annexing the Meres block, and the all-Pinot Gris block which, at 2.74 hectares, provides the majority of the fruit. Their production of Pinot Gris has become well renowned for excellence. 

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Following a wet Winter, budburst commenced relatively late in mid September. The Winter rainfall set up the vineyards well for Spring with overall temperatures during Spring slightly higher than average accompanied by below average rainfall. Flowering commenced mid late November with ideal weather conditions, resulting in one of the best fruit sets in many years. The mild to warm conditions continued throughout Summer and veraison commenced in mid January. Harvest delivered fruitful crop loads matched with very stable weather conditions, ensuring vine performance and good ripeness. Picking commenced late February and the viticultural team worked steadily until the beginning of April delivering outstanding fruit. The white wines display excellent acidity, depth and intense fruit flavours. The red wines look poised and elegant with powerful aromatics and a great balance between tannin and acid.

    TASTING NOTES

    Golden straw in hue, the 2018 Beurrot Pinot Gris shows perfumed aromas of honey-tinged apple and pear skin, followed by lemon pith, rose petal and spice. The palate displays lively green apple and kaffir lime flavours and is delicately textured with zesty acidity and a savoury oatmeal finish.

    Alcohol 14%

  • REVIEWS

    'This was once chardonnay-like across its oak-derived vanillins and lees-inflected midriff, mealy and creamy. Now a swan, exhibiting more gris-centric genetics and all the better for it: slippery. Viscous. Nashi pear and ripe apple gelato flavours teem across the midriff, directed by a sash of almond-soused phenolics and mineral tension. About as good as gris gets.'
    94 Points - Ned Goodwin, Halliday's Wine Companion (2017 vintage)

    'Stunning intensity. It’s dry, spice-ridden and structural but the intensity of flavour strikes your from the outset. This is some kind of pinot gris. Nashi pear, apple, cloves, dry spices, nuts – there’s much to experience here. This is gold medal standard, hands down.'
    94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front (2017 vintage)

    'Light yellow colour, with a faintly nutty aroma which hints at some barrel involvement. The palate is soft and round and smooth-textured, with a trace of richness from the oak. It's quite dry but has no hint of austerity. It has excellent flavour and complexity, very much a serious gris style. A really good drink.'
    91 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review (2017 vintage)