There are many areas that are well placed to put there name forward for the best Pinot spot but the Mornington Peninsula must be right up there. The area makes cool climate wines that possesses a fair amount of fruit and medium term structure. The 2011 wine from Kooyong is not different but it does possess a lovely cooler edge.
Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2011
The vintage is best defined by the intro which was taken from the website "When the Eastern states of Australia’s decade-long drought broke in
September of 2010, the rains were met with great relief. The cooler
conditions delayed vine development and gave expected harvest timeframes
more akin to historical averages. However the growing season weather
patterns came to be shaped by a strong La Niña, which meant Spring and
Summer rains were frequent and significant, increasing the time demands
on our viticulture team. This season we employed a number of techniques
in the vineyard not used for a number of years, including leaf plucking
to improve ventilation and sunlight interception in the fruit zone.
Surprisingly, fruit set was good and cropping levels quite moderate
despite the lack of heat and high humidity during flowering. The
ripening period was cool and extended and has produced fragrant and
delicate white wines and Pinot Noirs with attractively ripe tannins,
balanced natural acidity and elegant, savoury fruit." The wine is definately cool with lovely sour cherries coming through before crushed fresh herbs and roasted fennel seeds sets in fdrom the mid-palate. These beautiful flavours are underpinned by light yet pervasive tannins and a wedge of acidity. I'm obsessed with acidity so I found myself heading back for a second and third sample of this wine. Just Yummy!
Drink: Now - 2020