Kooyong means 'where the wild fowl gather' and was so named as the property neighbours Devilbend Reserve, a home for many local waterbirds. The Kooyong vineyard itself was first established in 1995, with some 30 hectares planted to a mixture of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Within the greater vineyard there are five distinct vineyards of which three are planted to Pinot Noir, two predominantly to Chardonnay, and a small section of Pinot Gris and Viognier. The winemaking at Kooyong Estate is taken care of by the extremely talented - and highly regarded - Sandro Mosele, a former geneticist and scientist who has been the Chief Winemaker since 1996. Sandro also makes the wines for the Gjergia families other property, Port Phillip Estate, with both sharing one of the most modern - and spectacular - cellar doors on the Peninsula. The Kooyong operation is unashamedly focused on single vineyard wines, utilising the different slopes, soils and microclimates to produce individual wines of distinction. The range includes Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier, with the wines offered on three different tiers - from the entry level Clonale and Massale wines right through to the 'single vineyard' Ferrous, Haven, Meres, Faultline and Farrago wines.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Seem to have missed reviewing the 2017. Small vintage. And probably it fell through our various cracks here at The Wine Front, or maybe none was made. Red fruit, a sort of potpourri and bush land perfume, a little spice and almond. Fine-boned, slightly sappy but going into a raspberry cordial sort of flavour, though has a sort of limpid quality and rather appealing fine graphite tannin. There’s some rhubarb and earth in the mix too, and the finish is clean, fairly long, and quite spicy. Some more time in bottle should serve it well.
Mid-light ruby to faint purple rim. The bouquet is shy and elusive but has an appealing faded flowers kind of aroma. A hint of smokiness. It's light-bodied and lean in profile, with attractive ethereal flavours and light but persistent tannins which dry and cleanse the aftertaste. Light but nice.