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Mornington Peninsula welcomes International Pinot Noir Celebration keynote speaker

The next biennial Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration (MPIPNC) will be held on 6–7 February 2009. Pinot Noir from around the world will be tasted by national and international wine media alongside producers and lovers of Pinot from the US, France, New Zealand and Australia, during two days of serious fun!

The Chairman of the 2009 event Keith Harris, from Yabby Lake Vineyard, has announced today that the keynote speaker at the upcoming MPIPNC event will be Jancis Robinson MW:

"The Mornington Peninsula region is a leader in the production of the best Australian Pinot Noir. At the fourth biennial event, we relish the opportunity to put our wines alongside other world class wines with world class commentators. We are very excited to welcome Jancis to our region”

Following this year’s Australia day tasting in London, Jancis Robinson highlighted the current interest in the regionality of Australian wines (The Financial Times 16 February 2008). In particular the interest in small producers who produce wines specific to their regional characteristics with varieties which allow regional styles to flourish.

Mornignton Peninsula is well placed amongst a small number of unique places in the world that produces outstanding Pinot Noir. The Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation Wine Australia positioning of Australian regional heroes and landmark wines has provided a growing focus on regionality, as opposed to the previous large commercial Australian wine brands that are well recognized in many international markets. Emerging regions like Mornington Peninsula, in Jancis’s view, are breaking the Australian wine mould. In her landmark article in the UK’s Financial Times earlier this year (16 February, 2008) titled “Australia’s Climate of Change” she said:

“…especially the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne with its high density of ambitious vine growers such as Kooyong, Ten Minutes by Tractor and, the best distributed, Stonier are surely precisely the sort of region as to send a shiver down a French spine in that they fly in the face of the stereotype of Australian wine as being solely technical, big company product..”

In the Mornington Peninsula the regional strengths are understood and promoted and specifically the wines which reflect the varied and unique character of its landscape, namely Australian Pinot Noir. The small differences in aspect, elevation, soils and microclimates each contribute to the varied and fascinating character of wines, which makes Mornington Peninsula one of the best and most interesting wine regions in Australia. Visitors to the region discover beautiful wines and understand the personalities, the dedication and passion of the people who make these wines

The Mornington Peninsula Vignerons are currently planning an interesting and challenging selection of wines for the 2009 event. Guest Burgundian producer Frédéric Mugnier of Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier will host a tasting of his 2006 vintage wines. Other featured wines and producers will include representations form US, Canada, New Zealand and a comprehensive selection of Australian and Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir. Guests to the Celebration will taste wines from around the world for 2 days, visit different Cellar Doors each day for lunch as well as Dinner each evening prepared by the Lindenderry Head Chef alongside guest regional chefs.

Pinot Garden Showcase — in addition, in 2009 there will be an optional third day opportunity for other visitors to relax with a regional selection of Pinots and fine local food in the beautiful landscape of Lindenderry. A Burgundian Masterclass will be conducted during the day.

Full details available at www.mpva.com.au or phone MPVA 03 5989 2377.

Bookings are open now and delays should be avoided to avoid disappointment, as numbers are strictly limited for both the Celebration on 6 & 7 February and the Pinot Garden Showcase on 8 February 2009

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