Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir 2007 (Central Otago, NZ)

 Pinot Noir is sometimes described as the iron fist in the velvet glove but in the case of the 2007 Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir, I would think a swede glove might be a better analogy. It is certainly powerful ‘a la’ iron fist but the … Continue reading

Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Conference Masterclass

This was a wide ranging masterclass held in conjunction to MPIPNC lead by Kate McIntyre MW with a panel consisting of her father, Richard and the esteemed Burgundian Jasper Morris. Following are my notes and not the panels, in fact, some … Continue reading

Day 4 Pinot Noir NZ 2013 – the Grand Finale

Final Day of Pinot Noir NZ 2013 was highly anticipated and didn’t disappoint! The Tastings for today were two blind tastings of pinots from Burgundy and NZ. The idea was to examine ‘La Régionalité’ in the tasting and not to … Continue reading

Day 3 Pinot Noir NZ 2013 – Central Otago

Day 3 was highly anticipated by me.  The wines of Central Otago were to be explored – Iconic region of New Zealand pinot noir and life on the edge.  When I first visited Central Otago in 2004 I was struck … Continue reading

Day 1 Pinot Noir NZ 2013

  Day 1 of Pinot Noir NZ 2013. The key note speakers have challenged and entertain and now we start exploring the key Pinot Noir producing regions in depth. To be honest I wasn’t too excited by where I had … Continue reading

Vynfields 2008 Pinot Noir (Martinborough, NZ)

I few years ago during a visit to Martinborough, I missed the opportunity to have lunch at Vynfield vineyard but my wonderful wife managed to make it and kindly brought me back a bottle of their pinot (what else) with … Continue reading

Oregon & Californian pinot noir tasting at Pinot Palooza

I attended a master class on Oregon & Californian pinot noir on the weekend hosted by Chris Crawford, Ben Edwards & Michael McNamara and held at Pinot Palooza in Melbourne, Victoria.  The line up included: J Christopher, Erath, Cristom ‘Sommers … Continue reading