Six years in, the Pinot Palooza festival train keeps on rocking. But with every year there are always a few little “inside gossip” stories and characters worth seeking out. While picking just five (out of 80) producers is like picking your favourite child, below are a few definitely worth seeking out. I reckon they highlight the range of styles on offer at Pinot Palooza. – Dan Sims, Founder and Director.
MAIN STAGE: Yabby Lake (BNE, SYD, MEL)
Cool, calm and collected are the wines from Yabby Lake with a stealth like power underneath. The kinda wines that really creep up on you (in a good way). Always delivers.
FRINGE STAGE: Swinging Bridge (BNE, SYD, MEL)
These are really interesting wines and I like they are not the typical ‘mainstream’ style of Pinot Noir. A little more ethereal than what you might expect. Enjoy the ride.
While two different wineries, putting them together makes sense. They make super fun wines that automatically put a skip in your step.
EMERGING TALENT: Dirty Three (SYD, MEL)
There is something happening Gippsland way and I have a hunch this is ‘the’ dark horse region for Pinot at the moment. I can certainly attest to these wines based on the number of empty bottles I have at my house.
NEW RELEASE: Ghost Rock (SYD, MEL)
Whilst a first time for them at the event, I’ve been following Justin’s wines for awhile. Very cool, interesting and great example of the all the exciting things coming out of Tasmania right now.
VIP: Yarra Yering (SYD, MEL)
There is no doubt Sarah Crowe is making some excellent wines at the moment. These are seriously good without being inaccessible.