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Pinot masterclasses in March

Mornington Peninsula Pinots week, running from 4–13 March 2006 will involve masterclasses with the key winemakers and wine commentators as they explore Mornington Peninsula terroir.

The Peninsula’s intimate valleys and coastal plains are surrounded by sea to create many microclimates and aspects that are the basis for a terroir which allows a range of Pinots to excel. Peninsula winemakers are pursuing quality through understanding their terroir. The many vineyards that have been established across many soil types, elevations and aspects to a multitude of clones and colours has created an opportunity to understand the mechanics of this region. 30 years later, we are passionate and proud of our wines. This Pinots Week is an opportunity for all to taste the fruits of our labor

In Melbourne

Pre-vintage and pre-Commonwealth Games, the Mornington Peninsula will offer a grand program of Pinots, including a masterclass (Tuesday 7 March 6–8pm – Sandro Mosele and Richard McIntyre) and a tasting with 7 wineries (Saturday 11 March 12–2pm) at Prince Wine Store.

A tasting of several wineries including new brands such as Paradigm Hill alongside more established Paringa Estate, Scorpo and Eldridge Estate will be held at Armadale Cellars (Saturday 4 March 12 – 4pm). Book into winemakers dinners including Ten Minutes by Tractor at Bacash (9 March) to look at new releases as well as back vintages matched to a special menu created by Michael Bacash, or join Lindsay McCall and Philip Rich at Circa at the 2004 Pinots launch Dinner (9 March). Or join in a touring taste sensation of Peninsula Pinots at five restaurants along Bay Street, Port Melbourne (6 & 7 March 7pm)

On Mornington Peninsula

Explore terroir and blends at a Masterclass at Foxeys Hangout newly opened Cellar Door (Saturday 11 March 5–6pm) and at Moorooduc Estate (Saturday 11 March 6–11pm) – join three winemakers with wine commentators. At Foxeys Hangout with Kathleen Quealy, Tony Lee, Tony Miceli and Michael Kyberd with Jane Faulkner and at Moorooduc with Richard McIntyre, Sandro Mosele, Geraldine McFaul and Sally Gudgeon. Following their Masterclass Moorooduc Estate will “match the earthy notes of the wine with beetroot, the gamey notes with duck and the forest floor notes with mushrooms — exploring the greatest food and pinot matches we know in an intimate and exclusive dinner in the old winery.'

Or book in for Petanque Pinot Picnics at Seaforth (4 – 13 March), disgorge a gorgeous sparkling at Foxeys Hangout (weekends only), treat yourself to a winemakers dinner showcasing vertical Pinots at Paringa Estate (4 March) or simply enjoy the regional feast prepared by Max’s at Red Hill Estate (11 March).

From 6–10 March indulge in Duck, Autumnal Fruits & White Mould at T’Gallant, celebrate the perfect marriage of Pinot Noir and duck at Montalto or simply enjoy a glass of Crittenden Pinot with two special courses at Stillwater. Stonier wines will feature with Guy Mirabella on 8 March in a cooking masterclass

The full program of what’s on in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula during Pinots Week is in the brochure available at www.mpva.com.au

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