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KOOYONG Mornington Peninsula 'Haven' Pinot Noir 2016 (750mL)

KOOYONG Mornington Peninsula 'Haven' Pinot Noir 2016 (750mL)

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95 points - James Halliday
93 points - Campbell Mattinson


"This single-block wine is sourced from 1.32 ha of 20-year-old vines within, as the name suggests, the most sheltered of our vineyard sites. The lack of exposure to strong winds allows the vines to keep a rich green canopy until comparatively late in the ripening period and the resulting Haven wines always possess fruit in the more purplish spectrum, with a certain richness and lushness yet a firm underlying tannic structure. The vineyard (6.88 ha in total) is broken down into seven different parcels, with the same two parcels historically being selected for this wine. The fruit was entirely destemmed, and fermentation took place in large-format concrete and wooden tanks. Fermentation occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted for 19 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 20% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once, with the total maturation period lasting 14 months. It was then bottled without fining or filtration.
In typical fashion, the 2016 Haven opens with a brooding nose of deep red fruits and spicy aromas of sandalwood, kola nut and dried orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with flavours of cranberry and blood plum, that stretch the full length along with a tight line of very fine tannin. The fleshy fruit weight of the palate allows accessibility now, however the structure suggests this is a wine that will develop even more interest with time."
Winemaker's notes

"Haven is heaven in my book. The fragrance is seductively spicy and perfumed with many shades of red fruits, resulting in a very complex bouquet. It has a gorgeous core of sweet fruit, surrounded by soft, refined tannins. A delicious wine that is true to the style of the Haven single block."
97 points - Huon Hooke