Posted June 01, 2010 in Wine, Wine Everywhere
Okay, we can all agree Australia is not known for Pinot Noir. Pinot is the speciality of New Zealand. Right? As California Pinots get bigger and bigger and the world is starting to recognize Oregon, it might be time to start trying Pinots from other parts of the world, like Australia. Compared to what you can drop on a Burgundy with no guarantee of quality most of the time, it is worth the risk. I recently visited Mornington Peninsula, just outside of Melbourne, Australia. It is a stunning place to visit, with rolling hills, mist, and cool breezes blowing off the water. Perfect conditions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Here are some wines I would recommend you try if you ever have the chance: Main Ridge Pinot Noir- from the founding winemaker of the area, Nat White. He is the one everyone turns to with questions concerning what to do next with their wine or vienyards. Easy to mistake for a Burgundy. How good is it? Out of all the wines I tried on the trip, this is the only one I brought back. Kooyong Pinot Noir- several different names to their pinots, but I preferred the Massale. Racy cherry and acid for the price. From the new Port Phillips winery, a state of the art facility easily mistaken for a California winery with beautiful view and restaurant. Last but not least- Ocean Eight Winery- I tasted several wines from Mike Aylward and was a big fan of everything. Top to bottom, he might be the best winemaker we tasted from on the Peninsula. His Pinot Gris was rich in the Alsatian style while his Chardonnay leaned to the Chablis end. Those are two different styles to master and still take the time to make a stunning Pinot Noir. Overall, I would recommend running out the wines I listed from Mornington Peninsula. You will not be disappointed.