Australian Pinot Noir is poised to be the next darling of the wine scene.
I had a chance to talk with Sommelier and Australian native Mark Davidson. He and Wine Australia are on a mission to unleash the country’s quietly held secret into the mainstream.
Since the 1990’s Australian winemakers in the cool Victorian regions of the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Geelong- as well as Tasmania- have been working to create world class Pinot Noir. They’ve studied with Burgundian winemakers and have planted Dijon clones in Australia’s ancient soils. Many of these vines are now at an ideal age of around 15 to 20 years old producing elegant, terroir-driven Pinot.
Want to learn more? Watch this 12 minute video to get the full picture of Australian Pinot Noir.
Mark is currently the Market Development Manager for Wine Australia USA and has over 25 years experience in the hotel and restaurant industry- 15 of those as an award-winning Sommelier. He is also a Department Head and instructor for the International Sommelier Guild. Catch him on his weekly radio wine review at CKNW.
- Australia Wine Region Map courtesy of Black Stallion Estate.
- Headshot courtesy of Mark Davidson.