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  • The world's most prized wine 02/04/2014

    Pinot Noir

    pronounced Pin-no-nwah

    If you’re a typical Australian red wine drinker you’re probably accustomed to ‘big reds’ such as our fabulous Barossa Shiraz, Coonawarra Cab Sav and Margaret River Cab Merlot blends. It can be difficult then to see the appeal of the Pinot Noir. What is this pansy wine…? It’s light red, almost translucent and when you sniff and taste the Pinot it may be quite subtle. In fact, when sniffing and tasting Pinot Noir you might even have to put some thought into it! Goodness. But little did you know that Pinot Noir is the most highly prized wine in the world. And it’s about time we explored this intriguing variety!

    Earlier in the year we went to the Stonier Pinot event in Sydney and fell even further in love with this fragrant and lively wine than we already were. Once you've tried a Pinot or two it is easy to pick up on the familiar characteristics such as strawberry, vanilla, roses, cherry, cola, licorice or cloves. Don’t rush it, let the wine sit in your mouth for a second and have a think about it. Here's our favourite Pinot Noirs from the Wine Store

     Pinot Noir Bottles

    Stonier - Mornington Peninsula Victoria, Riposte – Adelaide Hills S.A., Kayena Tamar Ridge – Tasmania,

    Cloudy Bay – Marlborough New Zealand, Freycinet – Freycinet Tasmania.

     

    Pinot Noir is best suited to cold climate growing conditions, with the Burgundy region in France being the most famous Pinot Noir region in the world. We have included the world famous producer  Faiveley in our Store. They create delicious Pinots - a great opportunity to treat yourself to a mouth-watering Burgundy.

    In addition, we make some gorgeous Pinots like the ones above in our very own state of Victoria, the Great Southern region in Western Australia and the wine regions of Tasmania. Across the pond in New Zealand where it is a even cooler still they make lots of Pinots in the Marlborough and Central Otago wine regions which you would have definitely seen on restaurant wine lists.

    Pinot Noir Grapes

    One of the most fabulous qualities of Pinot Noir is that is so amazingly versatile with food. While the ‘big reds’ can completely overpower lots of dishes, Pinot Noir doesn’t overwhelm your tastebuds. It is fantastic with Asian dishes, duck or chicken and roast pork. A great red to enjoy with spicy food without feeling as though you may burst into flames. In fact, if you’re at a restaurant and everyone is ordering something different to eat, Pinot Noir is the perfect wine to pick from the wine list as it will go with almost everything.

    Autumn is the perfect time to try Pinot or to stock up your wine rack. We have picked only the best for the Wine Store with the delicious Tamar Ridge winning our Wine Club blind tasting against some much pricier Pinots. That is one fantastic drop and a regular dinner date in the WP household.

    Cheers

    Mr & Mrs WP


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  • Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT) 29/10/2013

    Wine Please were lucky enough to attend the fourteenth Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting event in Sydney last night. The event was hosted by Stonier Wines at the MCA in Sydney and 'The Wine Man' himself, Peter Bourne, was the MC.

     The setting with Huon Hooke and Peter Bourne

    SIPNOT Room

     

    It was a fantastic event showcasing 12 of the world's finest Pinot Noir wines in a blind tasting. Each table consisted of 6- 8 people and a 'Wine Expert'. We were lucky enough to be seated next to our expert, Mr Ken Gargett, Wine Writer and great bloke.

    We were delighted by the peeps on our table who were from the Mornington Peninsula and soon discovered that every person and every table had completely different opinions on the wines. Everyone's opinion was valid - nobody was wrong and everyone was right -  which is exactly how we like to approach wine. 

    We were encouraged to taste in silence the six wines in each bracket and then discuss and rank the wines as a table. Ken opted for the voting system which meant that we didn't have to convince each other of the merits of each wine and could relax and chat about wine some more (in a totally non-wanky way). The wines were then discussed by representatives from a few tables followed by the panel including James Halliday AM, Huon Hooke and Mike Symons. 

    Bracket One at Table 5

    SIPNOT Bracket 1

     

    Our highlights for the night were the following wines:

    • 2011 Dawson & James Pinot Noir
    • 2011 Stonier KBS Vineyard Pinot Noir
    • 2010 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny, Les Sentiers
    • 2011 Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir
    • 2010 Flowers Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
    • 2010 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits St Georges, Les Pruliers
    • 2010 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

     

    We can't wait for next year!

    Thanks to Ken Gargett, Stonier Wines and our new friends from Mornington Peninsula for a fabulous night.

     


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