2016 Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay
Cracka Value Rating
RRP $34.99 per bottle
Our Price $28.99
$173.94 (6 x 750ml)
Lime, some yeasty funk, subtle stuck match and cedar spice. Light to medium bodied, chalky and tight, ripe citrus flavours and maybe a little nougat gloss, and savoury and milky with it too. Finish is long and satisfying. Love drinking this. I’m immediately taken with it, and don’t have to think too hard about the score. Super!2016 - 2021+
Mid gold, vivid green hue; the highly expressive and savoury bouquet offers fresh grapefruit, nectarine, charcuterie and struck match in equal measure; the palate is racy and fresh, with the concentration of fruit offering generosity and providing the framework for the diligent winemaking on display; long and harmonious, and good value.To 2018Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
It seems preposterous that of Kooyong's four chardonnays, its entree cuvée should lead off as confidently as this, but there you have it. The fragrant allure of impeccable fruit meets the struck flint character of reductive winemaking.
Stylish and fruit-driven, with a peachy, faintly soapy bouquet of melon, clove and ginger backed by nutty, lightly spicy oak. Medium to full-bodied, it's generous, juicy presence of peach and melon flavour delivers length and freshness, finishing with tangy notes of lemon sherbet and brightly lit acids.2014-2017The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
The very embodiment of restraint and complexity, with tightly wound citrus fruit, charcuterie and quartz minerality in spades; the palate is racy and pure, linear, focused and long; ready to go and with a great deal of flexibility possible for food and wine matching.Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Another handy edition of this wine. The fruit is in vibrant, fresh and scintillating form with a lemon citrus thread through some gentle savoury notes, with citrus and white peach fruits. The palate s brightly lit with crisp acidity and delivers a wealth of tangy citrus flavour backed by chalky, sturdy grip through the finish.Good Wine Guide 2013
Lightly oaked, savoury and mineral, with spicy, estery aromas of sherbet, grapefruit and white peach backed by a hint of dusty oak and white flowers. Long and citrusy with waxy undertones, it finishes with a hint of bath powder and tightly focused, crunchy acidity.The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
The great vintages expose the poor winemakers but it takes a tough season to define the most skilful. Sandro Mosele needs to prove nothing, but his masterful talent is certainly on parade in a delicately focused Clonale of pristine grapefruit blossom and white peach purity, underlined by fresh almond nuances. The complexity of lees contact is perfectly controlled for the subtlety and grace of its honed fruit profile, which meshes seamlessly with finely poised texture, lingering grapefruit zest and refreshing, cool vintage acidity.Wine Taste Special Edition 81
Elegant, savoury and restrained, with a fresh, citrusy bouquet of melon, pineapple and tropical fruits backed by spicy, vanilla noted of faintly toasty oak and smoked bacon. It's moderately intense, with a bright, juicy core of fruit and restrained oak supported by a fine chalkiness, becoming quite waxy and savoury towards the finish. Finely balanced and likely to flesh out.The Australian Wine Annual 2012
2010 Clonale is not a clone of anything that has come before it, ricocheting with complexity, exoticity and defined grapefruit, fig and persimmon, pulling obediently into a clean-crafted finish.Wine 100, October Issue 2011
This junior-label Kooyong chardonnay has impressive complexity on the nose, with fine mineral-flecked citrus fruits, white nectarine and a sense of genuine precision. The palate delivers the same edgy white stone-fruit and mineral flavours - very fine, composed and balanced chardonnay here.The Good Wine Guide 2012
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
The cafe- and bistro-level chardonnay from Kooyong is a pretty stylish wine for the money, offering all the little signatures of Mornington Peninsula's cool fruit characters, some peach and melon, with gentle winemaking overlay. The palate is nicely honed and balanced with a restrained texture and a wash of oak spice through the finish.The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Pale green hue; tightly wound citrus fruit, with an attractive mineral complexity; the palate is very fine and focused and drives seamlessly from start to finish; offers crisp acidity and plenty of texture on the long and even finish.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Kooyong's entry-level offering plays attractive grapefruit character and bright fruit lift against savoury, yeasty/bread dough complexity, some fresh herbs too. The palate has a sizzling entry, very fine and intense, brisk acidity, stone fruit flavour and gentle yeasty influence. Great value.Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
This book would simply not be complete without a swag of Kooyong wines—maker Sandro Mosele is one of the country's finest. He's extremely interested in what specific sites can offer, so he takes fruit from the property's individual vineyards as well as making the estate wine above. Clonale is the entry-level chardy (the equivalent pinot is called Massale). We are going with all three levels for serious value and great drinking.Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
Very elegant and fresh; while not the least heavy, the fruit has absorbed the oak; long, citrus, grapefruit and nectarine flavours; 10 clones.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Very elegant, very intense and focused; tightly wound palate with a mix of citrus and stone fruit; malolactic and oak a wispy backdrop; extremely long, lingering finish; 10 clones of chardonnay.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.
Vineyard: The 2016 Kooyong Clonale is a blend of Chardonnay from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards.
Winemaking: The grapes are gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (10% new), where fermentation takes place without inoculation. After fermentation, the wine is aged on lees (without battonage) for 10 months. It is bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
Vintage: September 2015 welcomed the beginning of bud-burst 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: Aromatically pure and airy, the nose delivers notes of lime, green apple and white peach along with some subtle smoky reduction. The palate offers flavours of grapefruit and nectarine combined with a lovely texture that pushes towards a pithy finish.