The Pinot Palooza train is rolling into Adelaide this weekend for its second stop on the mammoth 2017 tour. The popularity of the event has grown over the past few years, as has the variety and calibre of wines available for tasting. This year’s line-up is the biggest yet.
Here are a few to zone in on before palate fatigue hits (or you get too pissy to keep paying attention to what you’re drinking).
Firstly, show some love to your hometown representatives Shaw & Smith. These guys aren’t exactly new on the scene but they sure are good at what they do and are a quintessential example of Adelaide Hills-style pinot.
On the other end of the scale is lesser known, small batch producer Guestalt. Although their wines are organic and produced with minimal intervention, there’s nothing simple about their layered pinot.
Tolpuddle is an off-shoot from the crew over at Shaw & Smith; produced in the unique and chilly region of Coal Valley in Tassie. With a slightly more adventurous approach to this label, it’s worth stopping by their tasting table.
Yabby Lake, hailing from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, is another one visit for something a bit different.
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Having all these pinots’ in the one place gives you a great chance to experience cellar doors from regions you might otherwise never get a chance to visit, so be sure to make the most of the New Zealand line-up.
Charteris from Central Otago is a label you should be making a fast-track for as they’ve been a standout in previous years. They also received runner up for the Perth leg of the tour last weekend so surely have something to excite and delight.
There’s a hearty range of regions and micro-climates represented so you’ll be able to taste the spectrum of variation across this one varietal. From the delicate restraint shown by our very own Adelaide Hills (home to last year’s People’s Choice Winner Vinteloper) to the earthy spices of the bolder Central Otago styles – and everything in between. There’s certainly enough to keep everyone from the first time dabbler to the pinot town bicycle entertained.
Pinot Palooza, Saturday 5 August, pm to 6pm. Adelaide Gaol, 18 Gaol Road, Thebarton. Tickets: from $65
Reyes is a freelance wine marketer who sips her way around plenty of events and projects, representing labels from her local region of McLaren Vale to the heart of Champagne in France.
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