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
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
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.