Mornington Peninsula! What a place! A great getaway from Melbourne that offers much to explore - including some of the country’s best pinot noir. One of my favourite explorations is sub-regions, which show off the particular micro-climates of the zones, through the lens of the glass. In the case of this wine, it’s from Balnarring (halfway down the Peninsula, on the Phillip Island side).
This pinot noir is brimming with fruit and spice - cherry is layered with baking spice and a touch of pomegranate. The tannins are present but integrated and with a good amount of acid make for a superbly long wine. A very classy glass of wine, Balnarring at its best.
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Full price $70.00 from Producer at 1 April 2020.
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- Mornington Peninsula
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- 100% Pinot Noir
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The Mornington Peninsula is one of those places you dream of retiring - once you've made a cool $10m to get you into the Red Hill club. The sublime mix of temperate climate, expansive views, lush hills and pristine beaches is something not many would turn their nose up at. You can rest assured that every winery here has all the money they need, and although the wines may be relatively expensive, they're made as close to idealistic aspirations as possible. It's hard to find a bad wine. The usual cool climate suspects are the mainstay here (Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling) and they range from ethereal to weighty. Whichever end of the spectrum, they're all class.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Duck and shiitake risotto
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 150g fresh shiitake mushrooms
- 350g arborio rice
- 1.2L chicken stock
- 1/4 cup (60ml) Chinese rice wine (shaohsing)
- 2 tbs kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 Chinese barbecued duck, meat roughly chopped
- 1 bunch steamed baby bok choy
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Heat oil in a large, deep frypan over medium heat and cook onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes until softened.
- Add shiitakes and rice, and stir for a further minute.
- Add stock and wine, bring to the boil, then transfer to a large greased baking dish.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Stir in kecap manis, sesame oil and duck, cover and rest for 5 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
- Roughly chop bok choy, stir in and serve.