GET READY LOS ANGELES. 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!
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
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.
This is one you’ll cough up good dollars for.
A little left field, alternative, unique, intriguing and captivating. Not mainstream and all the better for it.
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.
Wines that are bright, fun and make you want to move.
America’s a big place. We could do an entire feature on the wine regions of the USA, but the best introduction is to start with the West Coast and branch out from there. There are so many incredible and secret pockets for Pinot to thrive, the best way to find them is with a glass in hand and a bottle not far behind.
Anthill Farms –
(California’s North Coast)
Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir, 2017 – $48
Hawk Hill Pinot Noir, 2017 – $48
Harmony Lane Pinot Noir, 2017 – $48
Comptche Ridge Pinot Noir, 2017 – $48
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2017 – $38
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Rose of Pinot Noir, 2018 – $20
Janus Pinot Noir, 2016 – $38
Temperance Hill, 2016 – $48
Old Vine Pommard, 2016 – $55
Rastaban Pinot Noir, 2016 – $60
Keeler Estate Vineyard –
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Heart Pinot Noir, 2017 – $28
Estate Pinot Noir, 2016 – $38
Estate Pinot Noir, 2017 – $38
Dijon 115 Pinot Noir, 2017 – $65
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 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.
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 –
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2018
Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2018
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 –
Estate Pinot Noir, 2016
Pinot Gris son Skins, 2018
The Moorooduc McIntyre Pinot Noir, 2017
Robinson Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2017
The wines from the Grampians are much like those hard to find rare groove records. You’ll discover hidden gems here that glide along with a soulful beat, and are set to a pace that will warm the heart and keep you coming back time and time again for more. Some absolute masters of their craft are the humble superstars of this absolutely stunning region – secret treasures you’ll want to share with your inner crew.
Great Western Pinot Noir, 2017
Great Western Pinot Meunier/Pinot Noir, 2017
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.
Jansz Rosé, NV
Dalyrmple Pinot Noir, 2017
Sailor Seeks Horse –
Pinot Noir, 2017
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.
Giles , 2017
Well, let’s face it… Sometimes you need a break from all those beautiful red wines. And what better way to stop and contemplate your next move than with the smooth, mellow flavours of Australian finest whisky. The team at Starward certainly know there way around the craft of distillation. They’re making world class drops that definitely hit the spot!
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 – $35
Akitu A2 White Label, 2017 – $25
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.
Jules Taylor Pinot Noir, 2018
Jules Taylor On The Quiet Pinot Noir, 2017
Nautilus Pinot Noir, 2016
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.
Handpicked Wines –
Handpicked Regional Selections Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2017
Handpicked Regional Selections Yarra Valley Rosé, 2018
Handpicked Collection Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2015
Handpicked Collection Tasmanian Pinot Noir, 2018
Handpicked Collection Mornington Pinot Noir, 2016
Forziati Wine Import –
Moondarra Conception pinot Noir, 2017
Vinteloper Pinot Noir, 2016
Hudson Wine Brokers –
Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2017 – $30
Holm Oak Pinot Noir, 2017 – Tasmania $28
Ocean Eight Pinot Noir, 2015 – Mornington Peninsula – $45
MWC Pinot Noir, 2016 – Central Victoria – $15.99
Old Bridge Cellars –
Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, 2018 – $20
Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2018 – $25
Greywacke, 2016 – $39
Pure Wine Co. –
Saint and Scholar Pinot Noir, 2018
Saint and Scholar Pinot/Shiraz, 2018
Twill and Daisy Pinot Noir, 2019
Pete’s Pure Pinot Noir, 2019