GET READY BRISBANE. HERE IS YOUR WINE LIST!

And sheesh … it’s an epic one!

Over Pinot Palooza’s 13 city tour, there will be opportunity to so many different Pinots from so many producers representing so many 30 regions. The sheer volume alone can be intimidating, let alone trying to pick a favourite.

The best way is to approach it as you would a music festival. Think of the different styles or producers as stages, each one representing a certain genre of music or musician.

Each has its own unique character and what you like or don’t like is all down to how you feel and what you’re seeking at that particular moment in time.

Spend time at the main stage, but make sure you head to the fringe and emerging stages for something new or a little different. Up for a splurge? Hit the VIP stage. Up for something fun? The Dance Tent’s where it’s at. And when you feel like taking it a little easy, the Chill Out Room’s waiting for you. 

This is how you pinot, with your hands in the air like you just don’t care!
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YOUR ICON  GUIDE!

Yep, we heard you. You’ve been asking us which wines are organic, bio-dynamic, vegan and more so here you go. We’ve always been about the ‘good wine movement’ which is why the below are with us in the first place. You just need to find your favourite!

VEGAN FRIENDLY WINE
  – ORGANIC (Certified or in conversion)
  – BIODYNAMIC (Certified or in conversion)
  – MINIMAL / LOW INTERVENTION  
Main Stage: 

This is the headline act which you absolutely have to check out. If you haven’t heard of them, you soon will. This one’s a must.

VIP:

This is one you’ll cough up good dollars for.

Fringe:

A little left field, alternative, unique, intriguing and captivating. Not mainstream and all the better for it.

Emerging Talent: 

This is your new, up-and-coming Pinot artist, or one who’s undergone reinvention.


Chill Out Room: 

Super chilled, easy going, relaxed and super lo-fi.

Dance Tent: 

Wines that are bright, fun and make you want to move.

AUSTRALIA

Australia is a big country so, as you can imagine, the styles of pinot noir that you find here are as varied and diverse as the people themselves.

There’s light and ethereal examples from the Yarra Valley, fuller flavoured from Mornington, super fresh styles from Tasmania, the wildness of the Adelaide Hills and everything else in between.

Australian pinot noir has NEVER been better, with around 15 different regions producing excellent quality examples, there is much to explore.

VICTORIA

Victoria is the ‘classic rock’ of wine regions. You know all the songs and you love to sing along to them. Loudly. It’s got the heartfelt ballads of the Mornington Peninsula, the sexy slow jams of the Yarra Valley and the funky, cool tunes that you find in Macedon, Ballarat and Gippsland. Victorian Pinot is always on high rotation on our playlist (or cellar) because we know it’s always a crowd pleaser.

Yarra Valley

Drinking Yarra Valley pinot is like listening to the first line of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire. When the first hit of red fruit slides down your throat, and the acid profile and tension reverberates through your body, you really feel that sexy slow jam.

Giant Steps –

Yarra Valley, 2018 – $37.50
Applejack Vineyard, 2018 – $60

Greenstone –

Greenstone Estate, 2018 – $32

Helen & Joey

Alena 2017, 2017 – $50
Layla, 2018 – $35
Inara, 2018 – $25
Wayward Child Pinot Gris, 2018 – $35
Wayward Child – Syrah/Co-Ferment, 2018 – $50

Innocent Bystander –

Pinot Rosé, 2018 – $20
Yarra Valley, 2018 – $25
Central Otago, 2016 – $25

Journey –

Yarra Valley, 2018 – $40
Small Batch #3, 2017 – $60

Rob Dolan

True Colours Rosé, 2018 – $24
True Colours, 2017 – $24
Black Label, 2018 – $27
White Label, 2017 – $35

Rob Hall –

Rob Hall, 2017 – $26
Harriet’s Vineyard, 2018 – $40
Palooza Pinot, 2019 – $40

Yering Station

Little Yering, 2018 – $20
Yering Station Village, 2017 – $25
Yering Station, 2017 – $40
Yering Station Reserve, 2017 – $130
Yering Station Inverness Ridge, 2017 – $70

Gippsland

Gippsland pinot is all punk rock; taking the classic style and turning it on its head. High tones and lots of juicy whole bunches, it delivers a persistent flavour that’s unlike any other region. It’s Anarchy in Victoria, baby. Read our regional profile here!

Bass River –

1835 Bass River Vintage Brut, 2016 – $45
1835 Bass River Pinot Noir , 2017 – $45
1835 Bass River Pinot Noir , 2018 – $45

Dirty Three –

All the Dirts, 2018 – $36
Dirt 1, 2018 – $55
Dirt 2, 2018 – $55
Dirt 3, 2018 – $55

Lightfoot & Sons –

Cliff Block, 2016 – $55
Myrtle Point Vineyard, 2017 – $29
Renegade, 2018 – $40

Moondarra –

Studebaker, 2018 – $35
Conception, 2018 – $50
Samba Side, 2018 – $65

Mornington Peninsula

Mornington just wants to love you, in an epic, rock ballad kind of way. Bold flavours that make your heart burst with pleasure, but don’t be fooled – there’s a surprising amount of depth and character in these wines. Planning a trip? Check out how did the region in 48 hours!

Moorooduc Estate –

Devil Bend Creek, 2018 – $30
Moorooduc Estate, 2016 – $40
Robinson, 2017 – $60
Pinot Gris on Skins, 2018 – $40

Paringa –

Peninsula, 2018 – $29
Estate, 2017 – $65
The Paringa, 2017 – $100

Port Phillip and Kooyong –

Quartier, 2018 – $27
Port Phillip Estate ‘Red Hill’ , 2018 – $39
Kooyong Estate, 2018 – $54

Stonier –

Jimjoca Vineyard, 2016 – $45
Lyncroft Vineyard, 2016 – $55
Merron’s Vineyard, 2016 – $55

Yabby Lake –

Red Claw, 2018 – $30
Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Rosé, 2019 – $30
Yabby Lake Single Vineyard, 2018 – $64
Yabby Lake Single Block 1, 2018 – $95
Yabby Lake Single Block 5, 2018 – $95

Macedon Ranges

The cool kids of the Victorian wine regions. Whether it’s the classic styles of Bindi and Curly Flat from the Macedon Ranges or experimental deliciousness from Eastern Peake in Ballarat, all the wines made in these regions are quintessentially cool.

Curly Flat –

Curly Flat, 2017 – $52
Curly Flat, 2016 – $54

Shadowfax –

Macedon Ranges, 2018 – $34

TASMANIA

Tassie pinot is like listening to your mate’s banging hip hop playlist: fun, full of soul and thought-provoking. Pinots from this region have the structure of a DJ Shadow song, and the flavour of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic record. Get your wineglasses ready and start scratching those vinyls, because there’s a new kid on the pinot block and they’re bringing the funk.

Devils Corner

Devil’s Corner, 2018 – $24
Resolution, 2017 – $34
Mt Amos, 2017 – $65

Ghost Rock –

P3 Rosé, 2019 – $30
Supernatural, 2018 – $29
Estate, 2018 – $38
Oulton SV, 2018 – $52
Bonadale SV, 2018 – $52

Lost Farm

Lost Farm, 2018 – $40
Lost Farm Vintage Cuvee, 2015 – $40
Lost Farm NV Brut, NV – $30

Meadowbank –

Meadowbank Pinot Noir, 2018 – $55
Nouveau Syrah Pinot, 2019 – $35

Pipers Brook

Ninth Island, 2018 – $25
Pipers Brook Estate, 2018 – $45
Norfolk Rise, 2019 – $18

Sailor Seeks Horse –

Sailor Seeks Horse, 2017 – $55
Sailor Seeks Horse, 2018 – $55

Stefano Lubiana –

Primavera, 2018 – $38
Estate, 2017 – $62

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australian pinot noir is the Pop Princess of the wine world. Most of the time, the wines are fun, bright and dance across your palate. But there’s pockets within the region (we’re looking at you, Basket Ranges) where the wines get a little down and dirty, a bit funky, and push the barriers of winemaking norms (think Christina Aguilera when she dyed her hair and starting wearing a lot of leather). They don’t always get it right, but experimentation is at the heart of the region’s charm, and why pop music (like it or not) will always reign supreme.

Ashton Hills –

Vintage Rosé, 2016 – $40
Piccadilly Valley, 2018 – $35
Estate, 2018 – $55
Reserve, 2018 – $85

Henschke –

Giles, 2017 – $55
The Alan, 2015 – $93
Johanne Ida Selma Blanc de Noir, MD – $62

Pure Wine Co –

Saint and Scholar, 2018 – $30
Saint and Scholar Pinot/Shiraz, 2017 – $30
Saint and Scholar – The Scholar’s Soapbox, 2018 – $50
Twill and Daisy, 2019 – $19
Pete’s Pure, 2019 – $15

Shaw + Smith –

Shaw + Smith, 2018 – $49
Tolpuddle Vineyard, 2018 – $85

Tomich –

Woodside Vineyard, 2018 – $30
Hilltop, 2017 – $28
Duck & Weave, 2017 – $18
Woodside Vineyard Icon I777, 2016 – $60

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australian pinot noir style just screams Classical. Long, drawn-out notes, with depth of fruit and a distinct style that is timeless. There’s a hidden complexity to these wines (much like Beethoven), and the subtle aromas in the glass and the soft flavours on the palate always build to a vibrant crescendo.

Marchand & Burch

Marchand & Burch Villages Rosé, 2018 – $25
Marchand & Burch Villages Pinot Noir, 2018 – $35
Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Pinot Noir, 2017 – $55
Marchand & Burch Bourgogne Rouge, 2017 – $55
Marchand & Burch Côte de Nuits – Villages, 2017 – $65

NEW ZEALAND

CENTRAL OTAGO

Brrr. Did it just get a little colder here? Central Otago sits way down the bottom of the world, and even enjoys bragging rights to some of the southern hemisphere’s most southerly vineyards. It was a wine region established on a collective mad vision, but produces world class, outstanding, powerful, ample pinot noir of mass seduction. Cue the bear skin rug and fireplace.

If you’re after a little back ground reading, check out our profile (and spotify playlist!).

akitu –

A1 Black Label, 2017 – $60
A2 White Label, 2017 – $40

Akarua –

Akarua Brut, NV – $42
Pinot Rouge, 2019 – $29
RUA, 2019 – $25
25 Steps, 2018 – $45

Burn Cottage –

Vineyard, 2017 – $95
Moonlight Race, 2016 – $75

Charteris –

The Winter Vineyard, 2013 – $100
The Winter Vineyard, 2014 – $70
Tahi, 2015 – $55
Central Otago, 2018 – $43

Gibbston Valley –

Vintage Rose Methode Traditionelle, 2013 – $110
GV Collection, 2018 – $47
Glenlee, 2018 – $65
Glenlee Magnum, 2016 – $160

Grasshopper Rock –

Earnscleugh Vineyard, 2016 – $40
Earnscleugh Vineyard, 2012 – $50

Peregrine

Peregrine, 2016 – $45
Peregrine, 2013 – $65
Saddleback, 2017 – $27
Peregrine Pinot Rosé, 2019 – $29

Rockburn –

Rockburn, 2017 – $45
Devil’s Staircase ‘Blushing’ Blanc de Noir, 2019 – $30
Devil’s Staircase, 2019 – $25

Rock Ferry –

3rd Rock, 2014 – $45
3rd Rock, 2016 – $45
Trig Hill Vineyard, 2014 – $65
Trig Hill Vineyard, 2015 – $45

MARLBOROUGH

Primped and preened, fancy hair and nice duds, Marlborough has All The Right Stuff – the region’s got mojo for days. Dive into the full flavoured, quietly powerful pinot noirs of deadly seduction, satiny texture and ample, rich fruit character. One slug and you’re hooked. You can’t resist.

Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay, 2016 – $45
Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Central Otago, 2015 – $85

Dog Point –

Dog Point, 2017 – $50
Dog Point, 2010 – $69

Greywacke

Greywacke, 2017 – $48
Greywacke, 2016 – $48
Greywacke, 2015 – $48

WELLINGTON WINE COUNTRY

No one remembers the person who came second, or third, and it’s tough when your neighbour (Martinborough) is a pedigree Olympic athlete that seems to come in first with unnerving regularity. That’s ok, Wairarapa goes about its pinot its own fine way, and those in the know know it’s got all the right stuff. Soft, seductive, delicious; a real creeper.

Craggy Range

Martinborough, 2017 – $32
Te Muna, 2016 – $55
Aroha, 2016 – $150

Martinborough Vineyards –

Home Block, 2016 – $85
Te Tera, 2017 – $40

THE MIXED TAPE

Who needs to be tied to a region? These awesome crew will be representing wines from across the country and the globe.

Vinomofo

Duck Sauce, 2018 – $16.5
The Don, 2016 – $30
Payten & Jones VV, 2018 – $27
On Giants’ Shoulders, 2016 – $50
Wild Earth, 2015 – $60
Maison Noir O.P.P, 2017 – $50

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