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 are quite at odds to the panel. Interesting, Kate did a poll of the audience at the conclusion of the tasting to see which was the favourite and nearly all wines had supporters showing that all styles and regions are appreciated and their are no right or wrong answers:
Hillcrest Pinot Noir 2010 (Yarra Valley)
Deep brooding colour with bright brick red rim. Quite lifted aromas of red fruits, smoked meats and oak. Flavours of blackberry, blue berries and sour cherry with a little plum. Concentrated and supported by big tannins but in balance.
Moorooduc Estate The Moorooduc Pinot Noir 2010 (Mornington Peninsula)
Mid to light ruby colour with a brick red rim. Nose offers strawberry and raspberries with floral notes. Similar flavours on the palate. Delicate but growing with good persistence and structure.
Domaine Newman Beaune 2010 (Burgundy, France)
Youthful appearance, mid ruby colour. The nose is closed still but shows dried flowers, fresh hay, mineral and a little raspberry fruit. Palate is lean and ill-defined. The wine has a crisp acidy, lean mid palate but does linger in the mouth. This wine needs time to develop.
Larmardier Bernier Vertus 2009 (Champagne, France)
Lovely colour and appearance in the glass. Aromas of sweet roses and light red fruits. Long sniff. Delicate light sour cherry and green apple. Mouth smacking acid. Some chalk or mineral notes. Could be interesting to age but quite austere now.
Greywacke Pinot Noir 2010 (Marlborough, NZ)
Deep ruby or garnet colour with purple tinted rim. Lifted red berry fruit – raspberry dominate. Good deep on the bouquet. Big delicious sweet fruit palate – cherry and red berries. Good persistence and some grip. Finishes with some lingering cherry, a touch of anise and gamey notes. A lot of interest but presents as a very youthful wine and needs time to show its potential.
Littorai The Haven Pinot Noir 2010 (Sonoma Coast, CA)
Deep ruby red. Delicate strawberry fruit and sweet notes – very pretty nose. Nice fruit but at present it lacked depth in the middle palate. This should fill out over time. Balanced fine acid and tannins resulting in a seamless, long and pleasant wine. I think there is more hiding in this bottle than time allowed us to explore.
All were nice, youthful, well made wines but on the day, the Graywacke won my vote closely followed by the Littorai.