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Martinborough vs Mornington Dinner

Two of the most revered antipodean cool-climate wine regions go head-to-head at this premium dinner. Martinborough on New Zealand’s North Island and the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria are both renowned for their exquisite expressions of pinot gris, chardonnay and pinot noir, but with different climates and soil types the results are often equally different. Join Peter Bourne at the brand new 6 HEAD restaurant in The Rocks for a comprehensive look into these two stunning regions.
Peter Bourne
20 August 2019
6 Head, Campbell’s Stores
7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks
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2013 The Elder Pinot Gris, Martinborough

A rich and harmonious style of pinot gris with aromas of ripe stone fruit and spice. Texture is the key element; the palate shows lovely depth of flavour while remaining elegant and well balanced.

2017 Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay, Martinborough

Craighall is sourced from prized blocks of low-yielding Mendoza clone vines. This wine exhibits clean, precise aromatics of white pear, jasmine, almond and cashew leading to an incredibly elegant palate with bright, fine acidity.

2017 Martinborough Vineyard Home Block Chardonnay, Martinborough

A classic example of chardonnay from the Martinborough Terrace, this chardonnay shows ripe aromas of white nectarine and peach with hints of butterscotch and oats. The stone-fruit characters continue on the palate with a creamy texture and a lingering finish.

2016 Devotus Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martinborough

Grown from 22-year-old vines, this low intervention pinot noir shows concentrated aromas of savoury dark red berries with earthy, herbal undertones. The palate is elegant with energetic natural acidity and supple, fine-grained tannins.

2016 Luna Estate Blue Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martinborough

Crafted from mature vines planted at the Blue Rock vineyard on Dry River Road, this powerfully elegant wine showcases lifted aromas of red fruits, earth and spice leading to a layered palate with super fine tannins, and balanced acidity.

2016 Martinborough Vineyard Home Block Pinot Noir,

Sourced from some of the oldest plantings on the Martinborough Terrace, this dark, savoury wine shows aromas and flavours of black cherry with supporting notes of spice and earth, excellent structure and lingering acidity.

2016 The Elder Pinot Noir, Martinborough

Complex aromas of dark red cherry and berry fruit with hints of floral perfume lead to a palate of vibrancy and succulence with savoury notes, velvety tannins and touches of nutty oak spice. A superbly balanced, elegant and weighted pinot noir.

2017 Quealy Tussie Mussie Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula

Aromas of ripe orchard fruits, spice and honey are confirmed on the palate with the gentlest suggestion of sweetness. It has a richness and warmth characterised by honey, pear and spiced quince supported by an attractive mineral backbone.

2017 Garagiste Terre Maritime Chardonnay, Mornington

Terre Maritime is sourced from a few rows of chardonnay sited in the top corner of the Merricks Grove vineyard. Deep aromatics of spiced pear, grilled fennel and aniseed lead to a racy, driven palate bursting with energy, freshness and minerality.

2017 Stonier KBS Vineyard Chardonnay, Mornington

Seductive aromas of smoky preserved lemon and chamomile lead to an energetic, buoyant palate with an attractive degree of lushness. Complex, rolling flavours of lemon and grapefruit balanced with acid and fruit.

2017 Circe Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

This pinot noir exhibits red cherry and plum sorbet aromas with lifted perfumes of violet and cinnamon. The palate shows red berry fruits, cherry and spice with fine tannins, supple structure and gentle acidity.

2017 Handpicked Wines Collection Pinot Noir, Mornington

A fine example of pinot noir from a mild yet stable vintage, this wine shows deep colour with spice and red berry aromas. The palate is gentle, silky and smooth, with fine tannins and lingering acidity.

2017 Hurley Vineyard Garamond Pinot Noir, Mornington

The Garamond vineyard is Hurley’s eastern site that is moderated by the small valley it overlooks. Aromas of ripe cherry, summer fruits and violets lead to a palate of pure red, blue and black fruits and racy natural acidity.

2015 Ocean Eight Aylward Pinot Noir, Mornington

From an exceptional vintage on the Mornington Peninsula, this wine showcases the full spectrum of red fruits supported by savoury notes of forest floor. It is deep in texture and fruit flavour and balanced by mild, smoky charred oak.