The 2015 Kooyong Massale is an estate blend of Pinot Noir parcels from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards. The parcels in this wine represent 13.5 hectares.
It is fermented, without yeast inoculation, in open vats for 18 to 21 days, with some whole bunches included. The malolactic conversion is also indigenous. The maturation period was 11 months in French oak barriques, 15% new. It was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
The 2014-2015 growing season began with lower than average rainfall throughout the winter. Budburst occurred at a normal time and was followed by a spring that also had lower than average rainfall, along with moderate temperatures. These growing conditions led to vines with less vigour than usual. Flowering conditions were good; however, we received slightly below average yields due to cold conditions experienced during the 2013 flowering period. Several large periods of rainfall throughout the season were managed effectively, and the vineyard remained disease free.
The period between January and late March was relatively cool, with January much cooler than historically usual. With the exception of one rain event, the mild and still weather continued throughout the harvest period. This allowed for a calm yet constant harvest for the viticultural team. Harvest began in late February and was finished in late March.
Savoury aromas of wet stone and dried sage-like herbs lead into wild ripe berries – namely raspberry and blackberry. Medium in weight and finely structured, the lengthy and intense palate has a gently juicy and velvety elegance complete with cool blue fruit flavours.
Bright, clear crimson hue; a complex pinot from start to finish, with spicy/woodsy notes to the bouquet and a complementary savoury edge to the plummy fruits of the palate. Already good, but its best years are in front of it.
2015 represents a spicy and savour vintage for Massale, defined by pink pepper and dried herbs over a core of strawberry and raspberry fruit, structured with fine tannins.
This seems a slightly different style to previous Massales. Not sure if it’s my imagination, or perhaps the new winemaker.
Spicy, sappy and perfumed with cherry and raspberry and gentle oak in support. Medium bodied, firm feeling wine, again very ‘mineral’ in acidity and also the tannin departments, but the raspberry fruit carries it along very nicely. It’s a serious wine at the price, and almost demands your attention. Finish is long, precise and sappy once more. Engaging. Don’t come looking for cuddles here, but if you fancy something more intellectual, you’ll be well served.