Attended a tasting last night at Melbourne’s Federation Square. It was a beautiful evening (see above pic) but pretty cool. The tastings are held in a courtyard which while it is semi-enclosed, it was still too cold for optimal tasting of the wine on offer. This a showcase for Victorian wine regions and feature wines selected as the best from each region. Other than the temperature it was a good opportunity to try some interesting pinots from disparate regions. Barry and Glenys Elliot showed a flight of their mature wines (04,05 & 07) from Chanters Ridge and Llew Knight showed me a yet to be released sample of Granite Hills pinot noir under the Tor label. Both these producers are from the Mount Macedon Ranges region. From Geelong, Bellarine Estate and Brown Magpie were notable and there were also a couple of wines from Gippsland showing promise: Sarsfield Estate and Lithostylis. The pinot gold medal was won by Moorooduc Estate which is one of the most reliable, quality producers on the Mornington Peninsula.
I am not going to include any tasting notes as I would like an opportunity to review these wines under better conditions.