2016 Kooyong Beurrot Pinot Gris
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Vineyard: Beurrot is comprised of two Pinot Gris parcels: the tiny original 0.24 hectare section annexing the Meres block, and the Beurrot vineyard planted entirely to Pinot Gris, which at 2.74 hectares, provides the majority of the fruit. The Beurrot vineyard is planted to a density of 5600 vines per hectare.
Winemaking: The fruit is whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented to as dry as possible in all-old French oak without yeast inoculation. The maturation period is nine months on yeast lees.
Vintage: September 2015 welcomed the beginning of budburst leading to a dry and warm spring. October was 3 degrees above the average temperature and El Niño affected the amount of rain we received. Vine vigour was controlled due to the lack of rainfall with the canopy generous and open. Fruitfulness was up from the previous vintage and flowering and fruit set occurred unhindered. Veraison commenced in early January.
The period between January and mid-March was warmer than historically usual and harvest began at the same time in February as recent vintages. Conditions remained very dry and warm throughout the harvest period, it was a compact vintage finishing in mid-March. The viticultural team worked steadily throughout harvest and delivered healthy and energetic fruit, with ripeness and acidity well balanced.
Tasting Note: The nose expresses pure fruit flavours of fresh pear juice along with more exotic fruit notes of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf. Fuji apple and citrus peel flavours lead into a long, textured and chalky palate accentuated by a lemon barley flavoured finish.
expert reviews about
2016 Kooyong Beurrot Pinot Gris
Pear, raw almond, touch of fennel and spice. Medium bodied, lightly grippy texture, clean acidity balances just the right amount of almost-juicy flavour. Finish is tight and chalky – pears drizzled with lemon juice. Bang on. As ever.2016 - 2019
It has body. It has flavour. It feel good in the mouth. And it slings through the finish. What’s not to like? Lime, spice, barley and pear. Whispers of lactose, chalk, woodsmoke and brine. I could go on. It’s terrific drinking.Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
To 2016Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
A showpiece of both immaculate fruit in a great vintage and exceedingly skilful winemaking. Wild fermented in old barrels, it's delightfully reductive, filled with precise gunpowder and struck flint against, set against a tight lemon zest and crunchy pear core.
Pale colour, bright; a lean and restrained example of the variety, with pure fresh-cut pear flesh and a dollop of spice; the palate is racy and linear, fine and full of character, no mean feat for a variety notorious for its blandness; long and complex.To 2015Australian Wine Companion 2013
A smooth, elegant and varietal gris whose fragrant, lightly spicy, waxy and floral perfume of pear blossom and apple is backed by a dusty hint of clove and cinnamon. It's long and gentle, with a restrained, brightly lit expression of pear/ apple flavour supported by a fine chalkiness. It finishes with a nougat-like creaminess and soft acids.2012-2013+The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
This parks itself squarely in the pear and apple fruit spectrum, with a little nectarine, and a gentle waft of spice and fragrance across the nose. The palate's smooth and has an even, slippery shape, gently sweet through the finish with lingering pear drop and apple flavour.The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
A pinot gris that has been given the full treatment, so much so its varietal origin is all but lost, but very good texture compensates.Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Kooyong has weighed into the gris debate with bright tropical notes, really lifted and sprightly aromas, and just an edge of cooler almost grassy notes - very much a fruit-forward style. The palate delivers crunchy rich fruits, citrus and tropical flavours and a full but balanced texture.Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
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