Kooyong Haven Pinot Noir 2015
This single-block wine is sourced from 1.32 ha of 19-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 stainless steel 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 25% 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.
The 2015 Haven delivers a calm, cool nose with a plethora of black and red fruits plus spicy notes of cardamon, nettle and dried orange. The palate has all the usual Haven depth and boldness, complemented with a tight tannic line, juicy black cherry flavours and fine structural elements. The flesh of the palate allows accessibility now, however the structure suggests this is a wine that will develop even more interest with time.