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The Mornington Peninsula’s chardonnays and pinot noirs have won high praise at the sixth annual Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association Wine Show. Chairman of judges David Bicknell described the entries as “a delight to judge” and said the top wines “were complex (and) had excellent flow and extension while avoiding the pitfalls of excessive oak”.

David joined show committee chairman Lindsay McCall in awarding trophies across 12 categories that demonstrated the breadth and depth of winemaking on the Peninsula and culminated in the Provenance Awards for the region’s “hero” varieties. “The Provenance Awards were envisaged as a different way of assessing chardonnay and pinot noir, looking at three vintages of a wine in detail and in the context of consistency of quality, vineyard character and winemaking style,” Lindsay said. “As the Mornington Peninsula focuses more and more on individual site characteristics and vineyard recognition, these awards allow the judges to explore the subtleties of terroir in a formal wine show format.”

Former Peninsula Shire mayor David Gill praised the contribution of the industry to the economy from an agriculture perspective, environmental sustainability and tourism stimulation as well as building the reputation of the region through Australian and international trading.  “The wine industry is a significant contributor to the region,” Cr Gill said. 

Eighty guests attended the show at Jackalope’s Doot Doot Doot restaurant in October.    

Tosh Greenslade, a Melbourne writer and actor best known as a regular cast member on Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, was MC, and three hatted restaurants — including RACV Cape Schanck Resort and Paringa Estate — joined Guy Stanaway from Jackalope Hotel to create a menu highlighting Peninsula food and matching the excellence of the wines showcased on the night. Trophy winners included:

Best Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris: 2018 Willow Creek Pinot Gris

Best White Varietal or Blend: 2018 Rahona Valley Mary’s Block Gewürztraminer

Best Chardonnay: 2016 Ocean Eight Grande Chardonnay

Best Red Varietal or Blend: 2018 Montalto Pennon Hill Shiraz

Best Pinot Noir & Premier’s Trophy Selection: 2018 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Block 5 Pinot Noir

Chardonnay Provenance Award: Paringa Estate The Paringa — 2018, 2017, 2014

Pinot Noir Provenance Award: Yabby Lake Single Vineyard — 2018, 2016, 2012

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