Tuerong, planted 1996
This vineyard is north-facing, situated 100 to 120 metres above sea level, on well drained, low vigour sedimentary clay loams.
The 40 hectare vineyard is predominantly planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with small areas of Pinot Gris and Shiraz.
The soils of Kooyong are distinctive. The bedrock found at depth is sedimentary – an ancient weathered sandstone dating back to the Ordovician period 450 million years ago.
The surface soils are also sedimentary, laid down by a marine incursion during the Miocene epoch.
Although the soils are classed overall as duplex clay loam, different parts of the vineyard express differing percentages of sand, loam and clay.
These differences markedly influence the characteristics of the fruit in each vineyard block.