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Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2018

Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2018

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13%
Located on the Mornington Peninsula, Kooyong is a specialist Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer; their Clonale Chardonnay consistently delivers one of the region's best value examples.

Made from a blend of Chardonnay from Kooyong estate Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards, the 2018 Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay offers attractive citrus scents combine with blossoming white flowers and honeysuckle on the nose. Fresh mandarin and ginger spice dominate the palate with lemon pith, white nectarine and toasted cashew. The briny acidity provides a linear freshness resulting in excellent length and a chalky texture.

"94 Points. Controlled, restrained and composed. Green apple, peach skin, white nectarine seamlessly interwoven, all contributing. Plus there is a lick of milk bottle top and spice from oak, adding complexity and interest. Neat and expertly tailored"- David Bicknell, Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2020.

"Wine of the Week. Calling all lovers of Chablis. If you are finding your fresh, citrus/mineral favourite increasingly expensive then here is a very good Australian alternative from Kooyong on the Mornington Peninsula. There is a floral/talcum powder nose leading on to an impressive intensity and acidity on the palate. Think pithy mandarin and grapefruit, hints of ripe stone fruits, with just a hint of nuttiness. Wonderfully fresh and beguiling. My bet is you’ll empty the bottle quick smart." - Winsor Dobbin, February 2019.

Availability: In stock

Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Located on the Mornington Peninsula, Kooyong is a specialist Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer. The 40 hectare vineyard consists of five distinct vineyard blocks. Limited quantities of Single Block wines are made when vintage conditions allow.
Mornington Peninsula
The 2018 Kooyong Clonale is a blend of Chardonnay from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards.

The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (of which 7% were new), where fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts. Following fermentation, the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for nine months. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

Following a wet Winter, budburst commenced relatively late in mid September. The Winter rainfall set up the vineyards well for Spring with overall temperatures during Spring slightly higher than average accompanied by below average rainfall. Flowering commenced mid late November with ideal weather conditions, resulting in one of the best fruit sets in many years. The mild to warm conditions continued throughout Summer and veraison commenced in mid January. Harvest delivered fruitful crop loads matched with very stable weather conditions, ensuring vine performance and good ripeness. Picking commenced late February and the viticultural team worked steadily until the beginning of April delivering outstanding fruit. The white wines display excellent acidity, depth and intense fruit flavours. The red wines look poised and elegant with powerful aromatics and a great balance between tannin and acid.

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