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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

The wine opens with rich, powerful and complex aromas of dark cherries, undergrowth, meatiness and spice. These flavours follow through on to the palate, which is a little softer and more approachable in its youth than previous vintages. The wine shows plenty of beautiful musk, cherry fruit and savoury minerals on the lengthy, silky palate. It is seemingly more open and approachable than the initial aromas suggest. Very impressive length of finish, with very fine tannins and soft, perfectly- integrated acidity that gives lift to the fruit.

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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
96
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
96
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
95
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
96
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
95
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
95
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.
2015
Good Wine Guide
94
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
95
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
95
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
95
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
95
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
95
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
96

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