A collective decision, perhaps, to escape the domestic political chaos which has claimed the scalp of Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, the fifth unscheduled change of PM in six years?Or maybe a sadistic desire to watch us crazy, clueless Poms embark on our own inexplicable odyssey of economic self-harm? This September is – unofficially – Australia wine month, with more events ongoing than you could shake a stick at.
The only one that doesn’t, Polperro Estate, should find one pretty soon, judging by the purity of fruit in and the concentration of their 2017 Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot.
They include a series of tastings organised by Wine Australia, Liberty Wines’ stand-alone Australian tasting held at Somerset House, and other happenings at which Australian wine features strongly.
To kick off the party though, nine winemakers from the little known region of Mornington Peninsula gathered for what turned out to be a superbly organised masterclass and tasting at Australia House.
Small volume and very high land prices have seen to that.
With the latter continuing to rise, and the Brexit-battered pound barely holding its own against an Aussie dollar buoyed by over 20 years of unbroken economic growth, you aren’t going to see bargains coming from this region any time soon.The tasting that followed further demonstrated how well Mornington Peninsula has evolved with most of the producers showing a distinctive range of Chardonnay and Pinots, as well as some good Pinot Gris and Shiraz (Paringa’s Peninsula Shiraz is a prime, good value example).