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Noir Terroir Dinner

Pinot Noir is widely recognised as one of the best conveyors of terroir, that Old-World notion that describes how factors like land, soil and climate affect and are expressed through wine. Join Nick Stock for a deep dive into some of Australia and New Zealand’s best pinot noir-producing regions, looking at the diversity of everything from site and soil to climate and clone. With a four-course dinner prepared by the team at The Tea Room at Melbourne Supper Club, it’s a night not to be missed.

Melbourne Dinner

Nick Stock
19 May 2021
The Tea Room at Melbourne Supper Club
161 Spring Street, Melbourne
$225 per person (inc GST), four-course dinner included ($202.50 for subscribers)
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2018 Handpicked Capella Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

Grown on sandy loam over clay, this age-worthy wine from Handpicked’s flagship vineyard near the shores of Western Port is characterised by its signature perfume, ripe cherry and summer berry fruit flavours with earthy complexities. It has a velvety texture and fine, silky tannins.

2018 Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Pinot Noir, Mount Barker

The Mount Barrow vineyard is located on the eastern, elevated end of the Mount Barker subregion of Great Southern. This wine is characterised by depth of flavour, restraint and elegance, with deep berry fruit flavours, fine silky tannins and dry minerality.

2015 Moorilla Muse Pinot Noir, Tasmania

The complexity and location of the Moorilla vineyard, on the west bank of the Derwent River, often produces fruit resulting in a heavier, more robust style of pinot noir. The 2015 vintage is a fine expression of this, showcasing elegant yet vital tension between deep, earthy notes and vibrant red summer fruits.

2020 Mulline Drysdale Pinot Noir, Geelong

Crafted from hand-picked MV6 pinot noir from the Drysdale Bellarine Peninsula subregion, this wine was fermented with 25% whole bunches and 50% second-use oak. It shows fresh cranberry and savoury clove spice, with vibrant cherry and wood smoke on the palate balancing out the tightly wound tannin. Lengthy and complex.

2019 Picardy Pinot Noir, Pemberton

The Picardy site was specially selected for its high altitude and well-drained, gravelly loam soils. A fine-boned, yet structured, age-worthy style of pinot noir, it exhibits complex aromatics that bounce between red and dark berry fruit, and herbal notes – all framed by chalky tannin and fresh acidity.

2017 Rob Dolan Signature Series Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley

The pinnacle pinot noir in the Rob Dolan range, this wine beautifully showcases the four vineyards from which it was made, with aromas of black cherry, blueberry and five spice. The palate is supple, with berry fruits supported by bright acidity, gentle tannins and a structured finish.

2019 Shadowfax Little Hampton Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges

From the high-altitude Little Hampton vineyard in Macedon Ranges, this single site pinot noir showcases engaging aromas of violet and rose petal with blueberry and cherry fruit. The palate is complex, with cherry sap, game meats and graphite with white pepper – all brought into focus by fine, lacey tannins and mineral acidity.

2019 Amisfield Pinot Noir, Central Otago

A medium-bodied expression of the Amisfield estate, this wine shows bright aromatics of red and blue fruits – typical of the Pisa subregion. These flavours carry through to the palate, with fine, silken tannins and a fresh line of driving acidity.

2017 Astrolabe Pinot Noir, Marlborough

Aromas of ripe dark and red cherry are supported by notes of bramble, spice and leather, with a hint of smoky oak. This is a full-bodied pinot noir with round, mouth-filling flavours of plum, dark cherry and savoury herbs framed by a linear tannin structure.

2019 Craggy Range Aroha Pinot Noir, Martinborough

From Craggy Range’s famed Te Muna Road vineyard in Martinborough, this pinot noir shows a menagerie of complex aromatics, from black truffle and brioche to lavender and dried goji berries. The palate is modest but lengthy, with satin-like tannins and a pure line of driving acidity.

2014 Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir, Nelson

A succulent wine with savoury notes, liquorice and dried florals, with gentle oak support. A pinot noir of ethereal beauty, it hides the hand of winemaker Todd Stevens but retains the trademark Neudorf structure, as well as juicy acidity, so often the forgotten hallmark of great pinot noir.

2016 Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir, North Canterbury

Made only in exceptional years, Prima Donna is a selection of Pegasus Bay’s best barrels, coming from some of the vineyard’s oldest, ungrafted plantings characterised by small berries and loose open bunches. A complex, singular wine with fine-grained tannins and a core of refreshing minerality.