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Pinot Noir Celebration

Mornington Peninsula producers of pinot noir attended the third International Pinot Noir Celebration held at Lindenderry at Red Hill last weekend. The keynote speaker, UK wine writer and buyer Matthew Jukes, commented in his opening address that he had never seen such a large group of Australian wine media in one place at one time.

Wines from around the world were tasted throughout the two days of the event and the styles from different terroir and producers were discussed and celebrated – vine age, vinifying experience, clones, global warming, healthy vineyards and biodynamics were just some of the themes visited

Winemakers from Mornington Peninsula were very pleased to hear Matthew Jukes sum up the local wines as “absolutely spectacular …..and showing a silver thread of commonality”. He added the producers should be very proud of this “most exciting line up of wines”, which included 2004 vintage wines from Port Phillip Estate, Paringa Estate, Hurley Vineyard, Yabby Lake, Stonier and Ten Minutes by Tractor. He advised he will be returning to the UK “to search out more Mornington Peninsula Pinot to shout about to his readers”.

David Furer, international judge at the 2007 Sydney Wine Show, commented on his small knowledge of the region and its wines which are not easy to find in the UK, but that he was impressed by the “common elegance and purity” in the Mornington Peninsula wines tasted at the event.

Those who were lucky enough to attend the Celebration this year had the pleasure of listening to Aubert de Villaine in conversation with James Halliday, as well as to taste a pre-release of the 2004 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wines including Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux, Saint Vivant, Richebourg and La Tache. It was generally agreed that this was an experience that no one present will ever forget nor ever be likely to have repeated.

The Grand Banquet completed the two days with a spectacular 5 course meal created by Stephen Burke from the Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne, as Guest Chef for the Banquet. Stephen and his contingent worked alongside Lindenderry Chef Stefan Klufer, and his team and served 170 covers — a record for Stephen who said he was not sure it would be something he would do again, but enjoyed the challenge immensely! The surprise guest speaker at the Banquet was Ian Botham, who entertained with cricket, wine and people stories.



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