The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. This wine is made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aims to manifest the estates geology and soils with the macro-climate of the region. Farmed and made using both organic and biodynamic techniques.
This single-block wine is sourced from 1.2 ha of gently sloping 19-year-old vines. These vines naturally produce low yields due to a combination of unique orientation, free drainage and high exposure. Together with this, the soil has a far greater prevalence of ironstone pebbles than any other part of the vineyard and delivers wine with great concentration and savoury tannic presence.
The wine underwent spontaneous fermentation and malolactic conversion and was aged for 14 months in French oak barriques. It was bottled without fining or filtration.
Comparatively open for Ferrous, the 2018 vintage shows typical floral notes of violet and rose together with earthier tones of beetroot, brown spice and subtle whole-bunch influence.
The trademark rust and iron quality float in and out providing complexity and engagement.
Medium-bodied, yet naturally powerful, the palate is full of intense red berry flavour together with a line of dusty tannin that helps drive and support. Blood orange and a vibrant berry flavour enhance the long and compelling finish. Showing modestly now, Ferrous demands cellaring to fully show its potential.
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