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2014 Kooyong Meres Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

A medium to fuller-bodied style of Pinot with lots of spiced cherries, meaty savouriness and rose florals on the nose, whilst the palate is deep and lush with oodles of red fruits and licks of dried herbs and mocha, together with that appealing meatiness, fine tannins, and a long, lingering, juicy finish. This is one for the cellar!

Winemaker's Notes

It's consistently the most aromatic of the three single vineyard Pinots, and 2014 is no exception. The nose shows layers of complexity, starting out with raspberry and curacao then entering more exotic territory with aromas of lavender, bark and faint herbal spice. Its elegant, light-footed palate sits atop a long and linear frame, culminating in a tight, smoky, mineral finish.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2014 Kooyong Meres Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
This turns the screws on quality. It's firm and varietally rich with meat, spice, black cherry and volleys of undergrowth and assorted earth notes. It's like it's been borne up out of the ground. It's savoury, smoky and sweet-fruited though in the end it's nothing but itself.
Drink by 2024
Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
Polish, power and poise. Depth of fruit and flavour but it never becomes bogged down; it keeps flowing with cherry-plum and chicory flavour, notes of coffee grounds and undergrowth more than enough to raise your pulse. Excellent length. Terrific wine.
Drink by 2025
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
Polish is the first word to spring to mind. Light colour but substantial flavour. Coffee grounds, velvet undergrowth, plums. A sordid appeal, delivered with a firm hand. Excellent now but will improve given time and the right (storage) conditions.
2016 - 2024
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright, clear purple-crimson; bramble, spice and red fruit aromas move more to dark fruits on the juicy, yet velvety, palate; like many great pinots, this is a chameleon, changing each time you return to it, its deliciously savoury (yes, this is an odd conjunction of words) tannins a reprise of the bramble characters of the bouquet.
Australian Wine Companion, 2015 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
An elegant, stylish pinot of suppleness and elegance whose heady rose garden perfume of sweet raspberries, cherries and small dark berries is tightly knit with fragrant, fine-grained oak and backed by regional baked earth-like nuances. It’s long, smooth and seamless, with a pristine luscious core of sweet cherries, berries and savoury qualities underpinned by silky tannins, finishing with focus, charm and intrigue.
The Australian Wine Annual 2015
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
The most fragrant of the Kooyong trio, Meres is a pinot noir of beautiful perfume of delicate rose petal and red cherry. This carries right through the palate, giving elegance to savoury depth of beetroot and tangy Morello cherry fruit. Tannins are fine yet confident, lingering with excellent line and length, promising a great future.
Wine Taste Weekly, 24th July 2015
The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
Solid, sweet-fruited perfume of forest berries and cherries, with a whiff of graphite and earth. It’s very juicy in the palate with charming, satiny texture. Easy to drink, easy to like, complexity is in the suppleness of texture rather than layers of flavour. It’s impressively textured, finishes with small puckering chew and some cool acidity. Easy to like.
Mike Bennie - Winefront, 2nd August 2014
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Earthy, slightly meaty aromas 0f rose petals, red cherries and restrained, fine-grained oak with dusty herbal undertones precede a reserved, medium-bodied palate of almost fragile, slightly over-ripened raisined and currat-like flavour, Supported by assertive, powdery tannin, it finishes ratehr drying and herbal, with an excellent length of fruit and a fresh acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep garnet; the bouquet is a seductive melange of red fruits, spices, earthy notes and a touch of game; there is a suppleness and softness to the palate that makes this the most approachable of the three single vineyard wines, but there is plenty of depth, backbone and finesse to see it age with grace.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This has attractive cherries and chocolate on the nose, showing a distinctive oak thread that is sweetly toasty and spicy; the fruit is concentrated, ripe and fragrant. The palate s beautifully struck, with more of the spiced dark cherries, earth, dark-leaved tea and chocolate, quite svelte, long and juicy; it builds in linear shape. Will develop nicely.
Good Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Smooth and measured, with a heady bouquet of dark cherries, plums and berries knit with dusty, clove-like oak and backed by scents of fresh flowers, five spice, game meats and underbrush. It's long and seamless, with a restrained, deeply layered presence of dark cherries and plums finishing savoury and mineral, with fine, drying cherry kernel-like notes and a hint of dried herbs.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Perfect crimson colour; the aromas of the bouquet revolve around red cherry framed by savoury nuances; the palate is wonderfully supple and harmonious, the fruit core again of red cherry, but with a host of ancillary characters drawing out the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
This evolved and meaty pinot has a deep, faintly raisined and earthy bouquet whose scents of plums and redcurrants are backed by dark chocolate, suede leather, cloves and cinnamon. Dark and fiery, its kernelly palate of plums and prunes, currants and dark cherries overlies a fine, supple, bony undercarriage and a hint of molasses.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Meres needs plenty of air to shake a wet, wool-like shroud off aromas of dark cherries, bracken, savoury oak, North African spice and an earthy edge. The palate has a contained, simple shape, based around ripe mid-palate tannin and a solid finish. Will be interesting to see if this lifts over time.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Provides the greatest harmony and continuity of line of the Kooyong Pinots; a totally delicious fusion of predominantly red fruits cut by some savoury nuances on the pure-bred finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Kooyong releases single-vineyard wines each year - they are actually wines from individual blocks, on the same site. They are always fascinating in their differences. This has an Italianate bitterness that is not a sign of unripeness. Some will find it takes a bit of getting used to, while others will lap at its savoury, herbal appeal with gusto. It's very dry, sappy, and tastes of dark cherries and woodsmoke. No concerns over the level of complexity here. It's an impressive wine.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Sweet-fruited, fine and elegant, with a spicy and slightly confectionery bouquet of cooked plums, rhubarb and brambly small berries, cherries and redcurrants backed by slightly baked and meaty undertones. Its long, fine-grained and sour-edged palate, knit tightly with smooth, polished creamy and bacony oak, finishes with a hint of kitsch but also with some less convincing edgy aspects.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A leaner framework is offered here, with almost sour cherry fruit coming to the fore; the palate draws on the high level of acid and tight red fruits to offer a slightly more savoury, garden herb and game finish; a wine with a slightly more European persuasion.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A combination of the Ferrous and Haven; shows a combination of red fruits, spice and sweet fruit on the bouquet and palate; quite firm, with good flavour and a dark, chewy finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The finest and most elegant of the single-vineyard trio, but deceptively powerful and intense. Cedary oak rolls through cherry-scented fruits, bridged by fragrant sweet spice. Smoky complexity runs through the palate, plenty of ripe red cherry fruit flavour, supple tannin, savoury oak and bright acid crunch that sizzles through the finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Lighter colour; distinctly the lightest of the 4 pinots in terms of its aromas; positively delicate, and can't make up the ground.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A musky, rustic pinot that takes time to in fold its underlying sweetness of red cherry and plum-like fruit. It's already quite complex, with distinctive floral qualities and a meaty, currant-like aspect. Initially supple and sappy on the palate, it builds towards a more powerful crescendo, gaining weight and intensity and becoming quite savoury, delivering sound length and depth of fruit above some dusty, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
When Kooyong started out I had my doubts; now I have no doubts at all. This is a superstar producer of very fine pinot noir. 2005 RELEASE This seemed light and muted when I first tasted it but with extra time in the bottle, it has blossomed. It is now magnificently fragrant, sour, smoky, undergrowthy, ripped with herb-infused cherries and long through the finish. The colour is light, the effect is not. There's a blaze of tannin and a milky texture (not flavour) that manages to carry quite a deal of acid with ease. Fabulous wine. DRINK 2009-2017.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Again, similar colour to Ferrous and Haven; fragrant and fresh red fruits, then a fine and long finish; best drunk sooner than later.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Lightly coloured; a lovely, lively, juicy, fragrant wine, all about the delicacy of Pinot Noir; ultimate silky mouthfeel, and great length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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