Kooyong Meres Pinot Noir 2018
1 or more bottles$68.90
Campbell Mattin93 points
Shy at first, the 2018 Meres evolves to open a deeply perfumed and aromatic nose; pretty red fruits (strawberry and cherry) together with rhubarb and floral notes. Subtle savoury spice aromas emerge. The palate is delicate yet deep with an attractive supple mid-palate, built on vibrant red fruits and earthy tannin. Long, fine-tuned and energetic, the wine finishes with dried orange peel and cranberry acidity. Always the most attractive, aromatic and supple of the trio, this vintage is no different.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"Single vineyard pinot noir. Mornington Peninsula. Well known, well loved. Lovely length, aided by fine fingers of tannin. I could give this 92 or 96 or anywhere in-between and sleep easy with any of them. The sweet-sour flavours of this year’s release mean that Meres doesn’t have its usual meaty oomph but I don’t mind it this way, in fact I probably prefer it."
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About the brand Kooyong
Kooyong is planted to 40 hectares of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris between an altitude of 105 and 120m above sea level. The first vines were planted in 1996 and the original blocks comprise five distinct sites Faultline, Farrago, Meres, Haven & Ferrous of which three are planted to Pinot Noir and two to Chardonnay.
The cultural practices of Kooyong respect and nurture the inherent character of each of the vineyard sites. All vines are hand cane pruned in Winter. In Spring, shoot thinning removes excess shoots and optimises canopy density. The best section of each vineyard is reserved for the Single Vineyard wines.
The soils of Kooyong are distinctive. The bedrock found at depth is sedimentary: an ancient weathered sandstone dating back to the Ordovician period some 450 million years ago. The surface soils are sedimentary also, only this time laid down by a marine incursion which occurred during the Miocene epoch 5-10 million years ago.