Pinot from unexpected places

The German region of Baden has more hectares of pinot noir vines than the whole of Australia, and almost as much as Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. So said Jasper Morris, the chief facilitator at the recent Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration.

Two Baden pinots from Huber were featured in a tasting which also included pinots from Alsace, Champagne and Austria’s Burgenland.

The Huber wines were impressive: a delightful $50 Malterdingen 2010, gloriously perfumed and ethereal, and a $150 Wildenstein Reserve 2009, very concentrated and powerful but rather oaky – at least at this stage.

The Austrian, 2009 Pittnauer Dorflagen ($35) (tasting note), was a very clean, perfumed, finely textured, high-quality wine.

And the Champagne wine, Larmandier-Bernier Vertus Rouge 2009, was also remarkably good.

All are available in Australia. The message was: fine pinot noir is being made in many places around the world where we might not expect to find it, not only in Australia. 

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