Pinot Noir tasting

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Pinot Noir lovers won’t want to miss out on attending 2017’s Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT) in Sydney on September 11th, 2017, an event that has clearly established its prominence and legacy in the wine industry over the last 18 years.

SIPNOT has the ability to capture what is happening throughout the Pinot Noir world by looking at 12 carefully selected Pinot Noirs. The renowned event provides a wonderful forum to taste, appreciate and debate the qualities and characters of the Pinot Noirs included in the tasting line-up, which in 2017 come from Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and the USA.

Mike Symons, Senior Winemaker at Stonier, says that people know the wines that are featured, but are unaware in which order they are poured. Table captains are seated at each table to encourage conversation and give everyone an opportunity to have their opinion heard.

“Pinot Noir is an enigmatic grape variety that captures everybody. Just when you think you know everything about it, you discover something new and it just throws you.” said Symons.

SIPNOT alternates between being held in Sydney and Melbourne but has also featured internationally in London (2011 and 2012) and Hong Kong (2014).

As one of the founding wineries on the Mornington Peninsula and now a member of the Accolade Wines family, Stonier have a long history as a leading producer of Pinot Noir in Australia. Stonier introduced SIPNOT in 2000 to stimulate greater knowledge and awareness of Pinot Noir, at a time when the Australian Pinot Noir market was still in its infancy and Pinot Noir was a relatively unknown variety in the minds of general wine consumers.

Since that first SIPNOT event, the popularity of Pinot Noir in Australia has grown from being almost unknown, to being the third largest red varietal behind Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and generating $138m in retail sales value. In the last 12 months, Pinot Noir has grown at 23.2 per cent, well ahead of red and white bottled growth of 6 per cent.

2017’s SIPNOT wine panel will be led by respected Australian wine identity James Halliday AM, who will be joined by highly regarded wine commentator Huon Hooke and Stonier’s Mike Symons. Aaron Brasher, Wine Marketing and Strategy Specialist, will host the evening as MC.


Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Foundation Hall, 140 George Street, Sydney

When: Monday, 11th September 2017, 2017 6pm-9.30pm

Tickets are $195 and can be purchased by contacting

Due to the rarity of the chosen wines, seats are strictly limited, with early bookings recommended. SIPNOT is always a sold out event.

Pinot Noir selection for SIPNOT 2017

2014 Beaux Frères – Beaux Frères Vineyard, Oregon, USA

2015 Bream Creek – Bream Creek Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia

2014 Chanson Père et Fils – Chambertin – Clos de Bèze, Gevrey Chambertin, Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

2014 David Duband – Aux Thorey, Nuits Saint Georges, Premier Cru, Burgundy, France

2014 Domaine Dujac – Aux Malconsorts, Vosne Romanée, Premier Cru, Burgundy, France

2014 Simon Bize – Aux Vergelesses, Savigny-les-Beaune, Premier Cru, Burgundy, France

2015 Stonier – Windmill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

2015 Tolpuddle – Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir, Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia

2015 Two Paddocks – Two Paddocks Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand

2015 Valli – Gibbston Vineyard, Central Otago, New Zealand

2015 Wantirna Estate – Lily Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

2014 Weingut Ziereisen – Schulen Blauer Spätburgunder, Baden, Germany

Source: Accolade Wines

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