2014 Kooyong "Massale" Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula Victoria

SKU #1264405 95 points James Halliday

 **Special Value Selection** A prototype of the modern drinking red. Complex, charming, mid-weight without being lacking, fragrant, lengthy. Sweet fruit meets smoky reduction meets wood meets savoury herbs. Shine a light into any of its nooks and you'll find something fascinating. Don't hesitate, drink it now.  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The 2014 Massale reveals wild raspberry and black cherry aromas along with earthy notes of cardamom and undergrowth. The palate has lovely control and flow, from its core of fleshy red fruit through to the finish that is tightly wound with dark, spicy tannin. The 2014 Kooyong Massale is an estate blend of Pinot Noir parcels from the Kooyong and Ballewindi vineyards. The parcels in this wine represent 14.05 hectares. It is fermented, without yeast inoculation, in open vats for 19 to 21 days, with a small percentage of whole bunches included. The malolactic conversion is also indigenous. A maturation period of 10 months in French oak barriques, 15% new, is followed by 4 months in large format foudres." 92 points Wine Front: "Perfect drinkability. Thinking person’s sex symbol. Complex but juicy and accessible. Deep thoughts, open flavours. Sweet cherry, rhubarb, sourness, undergrowth, spice. Slip of dry tannin. Flavours feel water-rather than alcohol-based. Just the ticket."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.


Alcohol Content (%): 13