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Pinot & Grenache Dinner

Pinot noir may comprise some of Australia and New Zealand's finest cool-climate red wines, but the rise of elegant, refined grenache from our warmer climes is proving there is plenty of choice to be had when it comes to complex, light- to medium-bodied reds.

Perth Dinner

Anja Lewis
2 February 2021
Heritage Wine Bar
131 Georges Terrace, Perth

Sydney Dinner

Peter Bourne
1 February 2021
Nel Restaurant
75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney
$175 per person (inc GST), four-course dinner included ($157.50 for subscribers)
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2017 Bellvale Quercus Vineyard Pinot Noir, Gippsland

This fresh and elegant example of Gippsland pinot noir has a fruit-forward palate of dark cherry and red fruit. Expect a hint of spice all complemented by soft tannins and a vibrant, savoury finish.

2018 Mewstone Pinot Noir, Tasmania

Produced by 2019 Young Winemaker of the Year Jonny Hughes, this pinot is an exciting expression o southern Tassie. Made with 30% whole bunches, it has earthy aromas, red and blue fruit flavours, and fine structured tannins.

2020 Mulline Vintners Sutherlands Creek Pinot Noir, Geelong

Crafted from the 1998-planted Strathmore vineyard, this pinot noir holds bright, red berry and spice aromas. All this, paired with a structured palate of
balanced fruit and oak with firm acid resulting in the wine having great length.

2018 Polperro Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

Hand-picked from four vineyards, this wine shows aromas of ripe cherry and wild strawberry along with hints of forest floor. A persistent line of acid and fine tannins result in a complex, savoury finish.

2019 Rockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago

This pure expression of Central Otago pinot exhibits vibrant notes of red and black cherry, rich mocha and supple, silky tannins leading to long finish. It shows the hallmark Rockburn traits of elegance, integrity and balance.

2017 Warramunda Estate Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley

A juicy, flavoursome palate made up of structured red fruits with a hint of savoury spice and dark cocoa notes. These characters are complemented by fine and silky tannins resulting in a primary freshness and vitality.

2018 Dodgy Brothers Juxtaposed Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale

Sourced from the Bernard Smart vineyard in Clarendon, and Wait family vineyard in Blewitt Springs, this grenache offers a balanced palate of primary red fruits and a hint of earthiness and spice with great length.

2019 Heirloom Vineyards Alcala Grenache, McLaren Vale

Raspberry and confectionery make up the primary aromas of this grenache, mixed with an off-sweet, savoury note. The palate is full of berries and French oak spice, leading to a cool, acid-lined finish.

2020 Ox Hardy Grenache, McLaren Vale

Hand-picked from old bush vines in Blewitt Springs, this grenache displays fresh, floral aromas with red berry and a hint of cinnamon. The palate boasts juicy red fruits, bright cherries and a hint of spice with chalky tannins.

2018 Purple Hands Old Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley

The fruit for this grenache was sourced from the Zerk vineyard in Lyndoch. Red fruit aromas are supported by sweet spice, earth and herbal notes. The palate is lively and fleshy with crunchy tannins and sweet red berry flavours.

2017 Willunga 100 The Hundred Clarendon Grenache, McLaren Vale

Sourced from 95-year-old bush vines in Clarendon, The Hundred is unoaked, resulting in a true expression of the terroir. Perfumed red berry and blueberry aromas lead to a balanced palate finished with fine tannins.

2019 Yalumba Barossa Bush Vine Grenache, Barossa

The warm and dry 2019 vintage resulted in intense varietal characters. This wine shows aromas of fragrant berries, dark cherry and plum. The palate is rich with flavours and velvety tannins.