The eighth Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration is almost here – it returns to RACV Cape Schanck and various wineries on February 10 & 11, 2017. The biennial event has been hosted by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association since 2003. Mornington Peninsula Magazine spoke with Chairman Lindsay McCall ahead of the big event:
– For readers who haven’t yet been to the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration, what makes this such a fabulous event?
If you are really interested in Pinot Noir, love to understand the differences in the wines which relate to region, climate, site specificity etc plus spending two days tasting many wines from around the world alongside wine writers and sommeliers or simply love being immersed in a wine focused event involving wines which are not normally easily available to taste…
– Your international selection for 2017 includes wine from two Domaines in Burgundy. Tell us a bit about this coup!
The MPVA at each Celebration invites a high profile Burgundy producer. For this event, we invited Domaine Méo Camuzet, represented by Jean Nicolas Méo, as well as Comte de Vogüe, represented by Francois Millet, not expecting them both to say yes…but they did. So, much to our delight we are hosting two Domaines whose wine sit amongst the best in all of Burgundy and their tastings will have everyone in awe!
– Jamie Goode is the event’s guest for 2017. Tell us a bit about what we can expect from Jamie and is he coming to Australia specifically for the Celebration?
The MPVA is proactive in including leaders in other markets – an important market to our region is the UK. Jamie Goode is a London-based wine writer who is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express. As well as writing he also lectures, judges wine and contributes regularly to a range of publications including The World of Fine Wine, Noble Rot, Wine and Spirits (USA), Wine Business International, Drinks International, Wines and Vines and Sommelier Journal. Jamie came to wine writing by a rather convoluted route, via a PhD in plant biology and several years of working as a book editor, before he began publishing wineanorak.com, which is now one of the leading wine websites. Jamie was recently promoted to be a co-chair of the International Wine Challenge and his latest book ‘I Taste Red: the science of wine tasting’ has just been published. Jamie will be selecting an interesting bracket of international Pinot Noir and presenting his take on the Alchemy of Pinot Noir as he helps guide us through the two days – his focus is non Australian Pinot Noir and will be presenting wines from US, South Africa and New Zealand.
– It’s a full two-day program. Tell us something we might not pick up from the program on your website?
MPVA Pinot Project is being presented again in 2017 after the first exposé in 2015. In 2017 we will present two vintages from five different vineyards from Mornington Peninsula – all wines made by one winemaker with as little variation in protocols as possible.
– What is your vision for the 2017 event and beyond?
The MPVA considers how long this will continue, but each event provides feedback from attendees that it was best yet and must keep going! As demand for Mornington Peninsula and Australian Pinot grows both domestically and internationally, the need for such an event grows. We are continually learning more about our sites and the world of Pinot that new themes for future events emerge which is really exciting.
– Is there anything we haven’t touched on that you would like our readers to know about the Celebration?
Tickets sell out and only a few are left now. Tickets to Friday night dinners may be available – at four restaurants.