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Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration 2015

06 Feb 2015 - 07 Feb 2015

The 2015 Celebration was held at RACV Cape Schanck on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th February 2015. Two days of tasting Pinot Noir as well as lunches and Dinners at various wineries, and a program of activities outlined below. Many thanks to all who contributed to this seventh and 'best ever' event!

At past Celebrations, Pinot Noir from many corners of the earth have come together to party with Mornington Peninsula Pinots. In 2015, Mornington Peninsula Vignerons aimed to bring it all back home, focussing on the soil, aspect, climate and nuances of site that come together to create the infinite variety that is great pinot noir.  Our keynote speaker Tim Atkin MW helped to guide us through the two days, with his own take on the concept of terroir, and the line up of wines and people in 2015 did not disappoint.   In 2015, the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration focused on the maturation and evolution of Australian Pinot Noir in all its glory, and on a world stage.

Looking back to the seventh Celebration, Kate McIntyre Chairman of MPIPNC15 summarises:

We had 186 attendees for 2 days of the MIPNC2015 and we tasted over 100 pinots from Australia, Burgundy, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa and America.   Tim Atkin MW was an entertaining, thoughtful and engaged Key Note Speaker and in his final comments to conclude the event said that this was the best and most impressive Pinot Noir event he had ever attended.  The MPVA presented a fascinating tasting focussed around data collected in the vineyards of the region over the past 10 years and 5 wines produced in 2014.  The wines are from 5 different sites on the Peninsula, all from the same clone, picked at the same ripeness level and made by the same winemaking team.  This is the first of an ongoing exploration of the variation of site characteristics in the Mornington Peninsula in ongoing quest to better understand our region and her wines.  The inaugural Walkabout tasting brought over 40 Australian Pinot Noir producers together for attendees to compare and contrast pinot from the 2012 vintage.  This part of the event was a highlight and the Celebration showed the amazing co-operative and supportive nature of the Australian Pinot producing fraternity.

As well as lots of delicious Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noirs, other highlights included a session celebrating Pinot Pioneers of Australia and their wines - starring the wonderful Nat White of Main Ridge Estate and the eloquent and passionate Michael Dhillon, second generation at Bindi; a masterclass put together of 6 Aussie pinots selected and presented by 6 wine writers and the charming Sophie and Alain Meunier presenting their delightful wines from JJ Confuron.  The recurring comment from a returning attendees was 'the best Pinot Celebration yet'!

The 2014 Pinot Project opened the Celebration - see presentation here

Media Announcement 2015 Mornington Peninsula Celebration ...more

The eighth Celebration is currently being discussed and likley to be held in February as usual in 2017, which seems a long way off but is just around the corner....

Accommodation will be available at RACV Cape Schanck resort again

Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration PROGRAM was as follows, including short video snips

DAY 1: Friday 6 February 2015

8am > Registration at RACV Cape Schanck
9am >Official opening, welcome & introduction to theme 
9.15 > 2014 Pinot Project - one winemaker 5 vineyards
11.00 > Australian Walkabout Tasting - a feast of Pinots from around the country

1.30pm > lunch at one of four winery restaurants

Ten Minutes by Tractor 

Salix Restaurant

3.30 > Winery & vineyard sessions at the source - 8 locations




Pinot Party at Polperro including a regional tasting of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from participating Mornington Peninsula wineries

Day 2: Saturday 7 February 2015

9.00 > Tim Atkin MW - keynote address followed by Tim's selection of 6 Pinots from around the world
11am > Writers corner selection - six wine communicators select and present one most memorable Australian Pinot Noir
2.30 > Australia's Pinot Pioneers - six blokes and their wines
4pm > Burgundy: Jean-Jacques Confuron - with Sophie & Alain Meunier
5pm > Conclusion
7.30pm > Farewell Dinner at Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill

A biennial event hosted by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MPVA) since 2003. Pinot Noir from around the world is tasted by national and international wine media alongside producers and lovers of Pinot from the US, France, New Zealand and Australia, over the two days of the conference. The two days of Celebration included structured tastings with each session lead by a panel of Pinot producers, writers and thinkers. Tickets include all tastings, lunches, and dinners at selected winery restaurants. Usually held in February

The Mornington Peninsula Celebration is held in the region every two years - the next in February 2017.

Many thanks to our very supportive sponsors:



MPIPNC13 with keynote speaker Jasper Morris MW, key international producers Domain J Grivot, Calera, Littorai, Burn Cottage.

MPIPNC11 with keynote speaker Allen Meadows, key international producers Domaine de Montille, Serafin, Chehalem, Windy Oaks, Dry River.

MPIPNC2009 with keynote speaker Jancis Robinson, key international producers Domaine Mugnier, Domaine Violot0Guillemard, Quails Gate, Escarpment, Pyramid Valley

with keynote speaker Matthew Jukes, key international producers Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Cristom, Kosta Browne, Felton Road, Mountford

MPIPNC2005 with keynote speaker Matt Kramer, key international producers Domaine de la Vougerai, Merry Edwards, Domaine Serene, Muddy Water, Ata Rangi, Valli

MPIPNC2003 with keynote speaker James Halliday, key international producers Domaine Armand-Rousseau, Elk Cove, Mount Edward, Tandem, Escarpment

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