Pinot Palooza continued.

Pinot Palooza was a bonanza for pinot lovers in Melbourne last weekend – an opportunity to meet wine makers and taste some of Australia and NZ’s best pinot noirs.  My only problem was with the number of people attending and the … 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

Schubert 2008 Marions Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wairarapa, NZ)

I was privileged to try Schubert wines during a lovely vineyard lunch hosted by Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling in their Martinborough vineyard a few years ago. All their wines were outstanding but during the lunch I thought their ‘Marion’s … Continue reading

Fine or not fine?

Fining pinot noir is matter of taste!  Fining is a process in winemaking where winemakers can manipulate the texture or remove faults from the wine usually undertaken just prior to bottling. Wines don’t have to be fined so why intervene? … Continue reading

Pegeric Pinot Noir 2008 (Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia)

Pegeric is another new producer, at least new in my experience, from the Macedon Ranges region of Victoria, Australia. I had an opportunity to taste their 2008 Pinot Noir and was surprised by its delicacy and charm. Aromas of red … Continue reading

Yal Yal Rd Pinot Noir 2010 (Mornington Peninsula)

Yal Yal Rd is a small vineyard and a relative new comer to the region located at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula. The pinot noir is made by skilful and experienced winemaker, Sandro Mosele (Kooyong/Port Philip Estate), and show real … Continue reading

Melbourne Federation Square – Victorian regional tasting

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 … Continue reading