Kooyong Chardonnay & Pinot Noir


The June 2019 tasting of the Society will feature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Kooyong Estate in Australia’s Mornington Peninsula



The Kooyong estate was established in 1995 on the cool, ocean-influenced Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. The vineyards were acquired by Giorgio and Dianne Gjergja in 2004 and all the wines are now made at their state of the art, eco-friendly winery, restaurant and hotel complex at Port Phillip Estate nearby.

Winemaker Glen Hayley is making expressive and site-specific wines in small volumes here. They specialise in pinot noir and chardonnay and the wines are fresher than classic Australian styles. Kooyong own three pinot noir vineyards (Haven, Meres and Ferrous), each with their own specific terroir. Haven Vineyard is surrounded by trees which protects the vines from the cold sea breezes and as such boasts the mildest climate.

Great care is taken in the vineyard with canopy management to control vigour and crop thinning to increase fruit quality and concentration, and the grapes are hand harvested. Sustainability is a key objective and only natural fertilisers and ecologically acceptable pest and disease control practices are employed in the vineyards while water reclamation systems are in place to turn waste water into irrigation.

All fermentations are spontaneous, using only ambient yeasts, and the reds are unfiltered before bottling. Some whites are also bottled unfiltered, but all are unfined.


  • Date:  Thursday 6 June 2019, 6.30 for 7pm
  • Venue: Harrogate Masonic Hall
  • Presenter: Bernard Dias
  • Tickets: £37.50 pp inclusive of supper and wines. Reservations are accepted with a deposit of £15
  • Tasting Glasses: Please bring own
  • Tasting Sheets: Will be sent via email
  • On Arrival: A glass of chilled white wine (Cremant d’Alsace NV, Maison Cattin) will be served
  • Tasting Mats & Spittoons: Will be available. Please clean & return after use
  • Dry Biscuits & drinking water: Will be provided
  • Supper: A two course post-tasting supper with a glass of wine (Domaine Laborie Pays d’Oc 2017) will be served at 9pm. Vegetarian and Gluten free options are available
  • Tasting Without Supper: 4 places are available

Tasting List

Kooyong Clonale Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2017
Kooyong Estate Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2016
Kooyong Faultline Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2016

Kooyong Massale Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2017
Kooyong Estate Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016
Kooyong Haven Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016


Cremant d’Alsace NV, Maison Cattin will be served on arrival and Domaine Laborie Pays d’Oc 2017 – one of Master of Wine Joanna Simon’s Wines of the Week, will be poured with supper


Slow Braised Steak with Mushrooms and Red wine
Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse
(Vegetarian/fish/gluten free options are available)

Reservations With Full Payment

  1. Dias, B
  2. Dias,R
  3. Shore, John
  4. Shore, Pat
  5. Stewart, Alisdair
  6. Stewart, Elma

Deposit Paid

  1. Buckley, Rob
  2. Buckley, Pauline
  3. Greenwood, Jane
  4. Joslin, Charles
  5. Joslin, Ann


  1. Benson, R
  2. Lee, T
  3. Lees, David
  4. Owen, G

Further Reading

(Updated 18 May 2019)