And the winner is....Vernon Chalker. Well done!
All you need to do is read Vernon's comments and I'm sure you will agree that he has put a lot of thought into his tasting and his tasting notes. (See comments relating to my last blog post) Very good material for discussion, which is after all what Pinot at Cloudy Bay is all about. I especially appreciate the comment about linking the Argyle Pinot with your mother's bacon and egg pie... Pinot Noir can certainly unearth long lost memories.
Vernon, 3 Cloudy Bay Pinot magnums are on their way to you. Enjoy. I look forward to catching up at one of your fine establishments, perhaps The Gin Palace, next time I am in Melbourne!!
Thank you to all those who posted their comments and shared their opinions. Stay tuned for next year's selection... tasting videos to be posted soon.
To all those who attended the tasting, we greatly enjoyed hosting you and it would be great to hear from you. Please post a comment here outlining your favourite wine of the tasting and why!! Tasting notes would be welcome.
The best justification will receive 3 magnums of different vintages of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir. Good luck.
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What a pleasure it was sharing so many great Pinot Noirs with all of those who attended the tasting. Quite a variety of wines and also enjoyed with some great food from Justin Quek!
Here's my take on a few highlights. As MC John Saker said, it was a tasting heavily influenced by the vintage. Two of the Oregon wines were superb; the Argyle "Nuthouse" and the Soter Mineral Springs. The Burgundies were good despite a very difficult vintage. The much discussed Clos de Tart and the Clos de la Roche were my picks there. From a challenging NZ vintage, I thought our Mustang Vineyard and Felton Road Calvert were looking especially good.
For me, the best wine on the day was the Soter Mineral Springs. Given that vintage is also a part of terroir/sense of place, we should embrace great wines from great vintages. Tasting notes: On the nose a lovely mix of red and dark fruits, smokey oak, touch of herbs. Nice attractive complexity. The palate has a supple entry, mix of fruit returns. Plush tannins and balanced acidity. Extremely likeable.
Yabby Lake, Block 2, Mornington
Bindi, Block 5, Macedon
Kooyong Haven, Mornington
Clos de Tart, Mommessin, Bourgogne
L & A Lignier, Clos de la Roche, Bourgogne
Dujac Morey St. Denis Villages, Bourgogne
Clos des Lambrays, Domaine des Lambrays, Bourgogne
Penner-Ash Dussin, Oregon
Soter Vineyards, Mineral Springs, Oregon
Argyle, Nuthouse, Oregon
Elk Cove, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Cloudy Bay, Marlborough
Felton Road, Calvert, Central Otago
Escarpment, Pahi, Martinborough
Johner Bischoffingen, Baden
Cloudy Bay, Mustang, Marlborough