Rays been in his element recently as an invited speaker at the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir celebration, taking him back to his academic days. This bi-annual event should become a pilgrimage for pinot lovers across Australia. There was a stellar cast of international Pinot Noir producers including, Josh Jenssen, from Calera, Ted Lemon (Littori), Etienne Grivot (Vognes Romanee), Marquis Sauvage (Burn Cottage, Central Otago) as well as a few local stars.
There were some great wines presented and the stylistic differences between Victorian regions is becoming more apparent as winemakers have really begun to get in touch with and understand their individual terrior. Interestingly the savoury, tannins of Lethbridge, especially our Mietta looked more aligned with Burgundy than it did with either the NZ or Californian Pinot Noirs and although not necessarily the favourite with the crowd the MWs present seemed impressed.