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.
The 2012 winter saw a return to cold and wet conditions with the wettest June in 20 years. Soils were at water holding capacity delaying budburst 10 days. Vine growth was balanced and flowering ensued well, delivering good crop levels. Despite sporadic rain, the summer was mainly dry with vigour kept in check and disease pressure low. Our continuing application of composts, organic teas and other organic practices have advanced the health and resilience of our vines. Vintage commenced at the beginning of March presenting excellent fruit. A period of very warm days and nights then rapidly ripened the remaining fruit causing vintage to be the most compact we have experienced requiring great efforts from both viticultural and winemaking teams.
Tasted May 2015
The Faultline vineyard is the largest at Kooyong, however the Faultline wine is sourced from a tiny 0.42 ha block of the now 17-year-old Chardonnay vines. With the soils containing less ironstone and more deep clay compared to the Farrago vineyard, the resulting wines contain an earthy depth and a fuller, richer palate. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (10% new), where fermentation took place without inoculation. After fermentation the wine is aged on lees (without battonage) for 12 months, with the only racking occurring directly prior to bottling. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
The 2013 Faultline reflects the vintage with penetrating aromas of nectarine kernel, lemon and seaweed. The flavours, whilst unevolved at this stage, contain elements of citrus (cumquats and Meyer lemon) along with the hallmark Faultline briny tension, driving into a finish that is long, intricate and surrounded by a tight phenolic grip. Requires time in the cellar to reach its full potential.
Fluid but complex. Smoky and flinty as it flushes pear, apple, chalk and white peach flavour through the palate. Style, substance and length. Elegant face of Mornington chardonnay.
Subtle and stylish, this reserved and elegant chardonnay has a delicate but deeply floral perfume whose waxy, grapefruit, melon and lemony aromas are backed by smoky oak and nuances of honeysuckle, acacia and a nutty, mealy aspect. It’s long and silky, with a translucent presence of melon and lemon flavour that moves over a pithy texture with freshness and focus towards a bitter Seville orange-like finish.
This is a wonderfully delicate, subtle wine which manages the balancing act between richness and generosity on one hand and finesse on the other. Toast and vanilla aromas; the palate continuing the seamless sense of harmony.
Scintillating. Effortlessly unites gunflint with pristine white peach and grapefruit, even nuances of white pepper. There is energy, tension and light-footedness and at the same time expansive presence and concentration that offers breadth and remarkable persistence. Benchmark.
A subdued nose with hints of gun flint and apricot kernel. The palate is a tightly coiled spring of leesy solids and white nectarine fruit that gently uncoils to riper characters of white peach and juicier texture on the finish. Lovely length with ripe fruit persisting.
This new release is, like all Kooyong wines, estate grown, vinified and bottled. And it's a beauty. Wild yeast ferment has added layers of interest to the flinty minerality. Stone fruit and citrus flavours marry happily with just a smidgen of new oak and the end result is as stylish as a Paris catwalk model.
The flint and the funk. The peach and the pear. The chalk and the citrus. The style and the substance. Mouth-wateringly beautiful.