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Pinot Palooza, Australia’s largest annual Pinot Noir and music festival, is turning five this year and is celebrating with its biggest and best tour yet. Returning to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, Pinot Palooza will also visit Auckland for the first time, with eyes on the USA and Asia for 2017.

Brought to you by the legends behind Game of Rhones, Bottle Shop Concepts, Pinot Palooza combines love for everyone’s favourite grape, Pinot Noir, with amazing food from some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, and rocking tunes! 2016 will feature the best in Pinot Noir from over 100 of Australia and New Zealand’s hottest wine producers across the six events.

There have been over 200 wineries involved since the conception of Pinot Palooza, with seven producers having participated in every single event; Curly Flat (Macedon), Dalrymple (Tasmania), Greywacke (Marlborough), Josef Chromy (Tasmania), Moondarra (Gippsland), Mount Difficulty (Central Otago) and Yabby Lake (Mornington Peninsula).  Other Pinot Noir producers in the 2016 Palooza line-up include renowned Australian and New Zealand wineries – Ata Rangi, Stefano Lubiana, Shaw + Smith, Maude, Kooyong Est, Chatto, Charteris, Giant Steps, Craggy Range and Pegasus Bay, to name just a handful.

In 2016, festival goers can upgrade to the full VIP experience. These limited tickets come in the form of a VIP card on a fancy lanyard. The ticket will give attendees exclusive pre-event access from 11am-1pm, a food voucher, specially selected Burg Bar tasting (three wines), and time with the cities best sommeliers (aka roadies).  The sommelier roadies will personally curate your experience by listening to your individual preferences, and then recommend up to six wineries that you should explore.

VIP tickets are $95.

$60, includes take-home Plumm Vintage Redb glass

$50 early bird ticket

Tickets available at www.pinotpalooza.com.au

Shaw & Smith 2012 Pinot Noir: Tasting Note

Medium intensity on the nose, with ripe strawberries, sweet spice/white pepper, Shaw & Smith 2012 Pinot Noirand an attractive whiff of Pinot funky earthiness.  A fresh and lively style, with firm tannins and but still a silky mouthfeel. On the palate there’s more forest floor, salami and cured meats, complemented by plenty of ripe cherry fruit.

Next year the Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir will include fruit from a newly acquired vineyard in Lenswood (Adelaide Hills). It will be interesting to see the contrast with this addition.

RRP $45
Alc 12.5%
Region: Adelaide Hills
Source: Provided by producer

A Chef’s Selection – Alastair McLeod Pinot Noir

Wine Selectors are probably best known as a great way to buy online, from actual real live wineries.  Not made-up home brands.  Wine Selectors have a Chef Series range of wines, made in conjunction with some well known Australians Chefs and equally well know premium wineries.

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