He was the SMH’s Sommelier of the Year in 2006, and he’s the author of instant bestseller This Is Not A Wine Guide, so following Chris Morrison’s picks for Pinot Palooza is a wise choice.
MAIN STAGE: Valli (SYD, MEL, BNE)
Central Otago royalty responsible for wines that have the horse power that Central Otago is famous for but with a deft touch on the reins. Curvy, supple wines that enter the back straight with precision and finesse.
FRINGE: Vinteloper (SYD, MEL, BNE)
The ‘hills’ don’t get enough airplay for their Pinot. With vineyards positioned several hundred meters above seal level these are wines with ‘altitude’ . The long even growing seasons help winemakers like Dave Bowley fashion wines of serious depth and texture.
DANCE TENT: Journey Wines (SYD, MEL, BNE)
Damian North makes his ‘hands in the air’ silky – smooth wines with grapes sourced from the cool climates of the Yarra Valley. His wines document the pathway that took him from sommelier to winemaker proving that the ‘Journey’ is as important as the destination.
EMERGING TALENT: Lightfoot and Sons (SYD, MEL)
Gippsland is a wine region that sits just outside the peripheral vision of many wine drinkers. But winemakers like Rob Lightfoot are quickly establishing it as the default setting for lovers of wines that deliver perfume, fruit and freshness
NEW RELEASE: Below and Above (SYD)
Another dark horse emerging for Western Australia’s Great Southern region. Small scale wines that can hold their own well above their weight division. A beautiful tightly packed one-two punch of flavour and freshness
VIP: Yarra Yering (MEL, SYD)
This is the pointy end of the airplane. Blue Chip wine producer perhaps perhaps making its best ever wines. Elegant and ethereal drinking that makes you feel sexy and sophisticated at the same time.