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2013 Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir

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One of the most admired Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noirs - produced by one of the region's more famous winemakers - this Kooyong Estate wine shows much pretty fruit and enough tannins to keep everything contained and dry. Serious Mornington red wine here.

expert reviews

Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
Wild with aroma and flavour. Spice, stalk, garden herbs and then dark, juicy plum and black cherry. Call me anything but don't call me simple. Smoky oak slips suggestively under the covers of the fruit. Tremendous drinking from a range of angles.
Drink by 2020
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Mid garnet; there is good depth of expression despite the challenges of the 2011 vintage, with the bouquet offering black cherry, spicy oak aromas and a prominent ironstone complexity; the palate is fleshy on entry, with a taut acid and tannin structure leading to a charry and slightly bony yet pleasantly long savoury finish.
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Sweet aromas of cherries, violets and rose petals with undertones of baked earth and dried herbs precede a soft, smooth and generous palate whose slightlhy under and over-ripened flavours of dark cherries and plums, raisins and beetroot just fall away towards the finish. Just lacks the emphasis of truly ripe fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep crimson, bright; a dark and sultry bouquet of black cherry, liqueur-soaked plums, Asian spices and a gentle lick of toasty oak; the palate is fleshy, fresh and focused on entry, with a fine line of acidity and tightly wound tannins providing length to the generous depth of fruit on offer.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This has a slight reticence to it, some nutty older oak comes first; it wants for fragrance and freshness. There s plenty of leathery oak, cedar too, some dark-leaf tea and hints of spice. The palate has good length and shape but again, it just wants for freshness. Dark cherry and chocolate build through the finish.
Good Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A gentle, silky pinot likely to build complexity and depth. Its earthy, slightly raisined and meaty aromas of dark berries, maraschino cherries and baked earth are lifted by spicy, floral notes. It's supple, fine and dusty, with delicate fruit supported by fine, crunchy tannin.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Exuberant, fragrant perfume captured within a shell of exacting control is a contradiction aspired to by many a young pinot noir, yet rarely attained. Kooyong's Estate 2010 is captivating as much for its gorgeous, graceful and expressive bouquet of rose petals and pristine red cherries as it is for its immaculately silky yet consummately structured tannins. In pristine balance, breathless purity, seductive flow and sheer, delectable joy, this is one of the finest Estate Pinots yet to emerge from the revered house of Kooyong.
Wine Taste Special Edition 81
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Vibrant fresh fruit mouth-watering acidity and more tannins than many in the area make for a wine that develops secondary flavours in the forest-floor spectrum.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Dark in colour, and dark and sultry in character, loaded with black fruits and Asian spice on the bouquet; the palate reveals fresh black cherry, crunchy acidity and an assertive ironstone mineral component; long, taut, unevolved and expansive, this is serious big-boned Pinot Noir.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Earthy, meaty and evolving, with a smoky bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, dark plums and five spice with nuances of Charcuterie meats, minerals and animal hide. Underpinned by smooth tannins and tight-knit oak, it's medium in weight, supple and fine-grained, but lacks great length and intensity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This is a richly fruited pinot: there's plenty of the Mornington Peninsula's dark cherries, all nicely ripened up in 2009, some spice, and toasty Francois Freres oak adding spicy lift. The palate's juicy and bright - quite tangy - and tannins sit thick through either side, allowing fleshy dark-cherry fruit to take centre stage. I hope the pinot follows the chardonnay to screwcap at Kooyong.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Vibrant fresh fruit, mouth-watering acidity and more tannins than many in the area make for a wine that develops secondary flavours in the forest-floor spectrum over time.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 vintage is an excellent year in these parts but, as with most good vintages, it hasn't produced obvious wines. What it has produced are sure-footed wines with a sense of cellarability. It tasted better the longer we rested it in the glass. Not a bad sign. It's savoury and spicy and probably a bit stalky, but once some air gets into it, a lovely ooze of boysenberry and cherry-fruit flavour offers itself up. Firm, dry tannins close around the finish and when you swallow, the flavours linger appreciably. This is good even by Kooyong's high standards.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Likely to evolve relatively quickly into a sumptuous, leathery I and meaty wine, this ultra-ripe young pinot does have a powerful measure of dark, pruney, meaty redcurrant-like fruit, a firm rod-like spine of kernelly tannins and a pleasing length of flavour. It's backed by suggestions of cigarboxes, cherry kernel and tea tin, and builds towards an assertive finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Vibrant fresh fruit, mouth-watering acidity and more tannins than many in the area make for a wine that develops secondary flavours in the forest floor spectrum over time. Diam since 2003.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Cherry and plum fruit with a serving of Asian spices and complex ironstone nuances; the palate, fleshy on entry, tightens up with fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity; a core of pure red fruit takes time to open on the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
The Kooyong wines are made by Sandro Moselle, who in a wine sense can hardly put a foot wrong. Here is another gorgeous example. This is a pinot noir for control freaks - or that's the way it tastes. It's full of tense, chalky tannin and sappy, sour, tangy fruit flavour, so if you're after a hit of ripe sweetness then you should look away now. We love it, though. It's all about structure, length of flavour, sourness.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Pure varietal pinot with hints of spice, red cherries and well-handled toasty oak; a fine and tightly wound palate, with a savoury, slightly tannic twist to the pure red fruit core; long and fine.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
One of the most charming Kooyong pinots to date, showing plenty of ripe cherry fruits and attractive savoury oak; the house style is developing depth and richness. It's supple from start to finish, velveteen tannins unfurl and roll along the palate, punchy acidity keeps the palate juicy and balanced.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Spicy aromas of redcurrants, maraschino cherries and raisins reveal greenish undertones, with hints of pepper and aromatic oak. Forward and juicy, it's initially intense palate of slightly cooked fruit thins out a little towards a green-edged and herbal finish, with just a hint of mineral saltiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
In the rush for the single vineyard wines the 'standard' Kooyong pinot noir can become a bit lost. It shouldn't. 2006 RELEASE Kooyong pinot noirs are never flabby; they always have structure. This is a particularly fine-boned example. Rose-like, strawberried, sour-sweet fruit curls around sturdy limbs of tannin, lines of acidity keeping it both fresh and refreshing. The oak is smoky and spicy, the tannins cut with flavours of minerals. A rather gorgeous pinot noir. DRINK 2009-2016.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Vibrant fresh fruit, mouth-watering acidity and more tannins than many in the area make for a wine that develops secondary flavours in the forest-floor spectrum over time.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bright colour; fragrant and pure plum, cherry and strawberry; feather-light intensity, yet long and lingering.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A robust but measured pinot, with intense, penetrative aromas of dark cherries, dark plums and red berries revealing undertones of briar, smoked meats and currants. Smooth and sumptuous, medium to full in weight, its rich dark-fruited palate is underpinned by a firm and bony chassis before finishing savoury, with meaty complexity. Long, complete and finely balanced.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Vibrant fresh fruit, mouth-watering acidity and more tannins than many in the area make for a wine that develops secondary flavours in the forest-floor spectrum over time.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Great hue, still vibrant purple-red; a clean, fragrant red cherry and plum bouquet; light-bodied, but with abundant flavour and silky texture. Quite an achievement.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
An elegant, deeply flavoured and finely crafted pinot whose vibrant perfume of rose petals, cherries and slightly candied red berries reveal pungent, reductive charcuterie-like undertones. Fine and supple, smooth and polished, its restrained but juicy flavours of small red cherries and berries are tightly wound around a fine-grained structure of powdery tannins. Likely to develop richness and weight with time in the bottle.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Very good colour; powerful, rich and concentrated; lashings of plum and black cherry fruit; very good structure and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A deeply flavoured, deeply fruited pinot with a spicy floral perfume of maraschino cherries and red plums over aromatic oak and a suggestion of currants. Supple and smooth, but framed by slightly drying tannins, it reveals a Pommard-like weight and expression of blackberries, cassis and plums. With density structure and depth of fruit, it should age well.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Very stylish pinot of Pommard-like weight and style. Its perfume of rose petals and red cherries, cinnamon and cloves, musk and undergrowth is supported by restrained cedar/vanilla oak, while its supple, bony palate is both chewy and elegant. Its meaty core of cherry/plum fruit is framed by firm, fine-grained tannins before a nutty, savoury finish. Excellent texture and weight, with lingering animal hide-like complexity.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Shows clear varietal fruit throughout, with a complex mix of sappy/savoury/slightly stemmy components in an authentic but slightly austere mode.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple, holding its hue well; sultry dark plum and forest aromas are replayed on the powerful, long and complex palate; no over-extraction. An impressive wine with further development potential.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium red; light, spicy/savoury overtones on the bouquet are within the varietal spectrum; the palate is likewise savoury, spicy and tangy, giving the impression that it should be drunk before the red fruit flavours fade.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

winemaker's notes

The wine leads with savoury elements of dark spice and woodsy undergrowth that combine with black raspberry and berry notes. The palate, whilst softly textured, has a long juicy core of cherry fruit surrounded by finely woven tannin. The finish is long, driven and deep.

Alc/vol: 13.5%