I’ve been quite busy searching out Pinot Noirs from 2011 and it’s as I feared – they’re really not that good.  Everything from $16 up to $34 is showing as very disappointing.  But one glimmer of hope – Bluestone Lane.  In a part of the Mornington Peninsula that generally gets hotter summers than “up the hill” in Red Hill and Main Ridge, this vineyard does seem to have produced a reasonably decent wine – same goes for the rare Pinot Meunier – and at $26 a bottle it is currently looking at being the best value I’ve found so far.  And the cellar door is great fun, especially when full of a coach load of strippers from Richmond, but that really is another story.

Two other really good cellar door experiences recently – Moorooduc Estate and Willow Creek.  I tasted across the range at both cellar doors and came away with a good feeling from both.  At Willow Creek the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris are well made with lots on the front palette – really pleasant fruit – but nothing that is going to linger.  In absolute terms probably over priced, but good, easy drinking.  Very interesting chardonnay – I love the “chardonnay project” – have a look at their website for details.  Pinot Noir (not 2011) is great.  Everything at Moorooduc is worthwhile – I ended buying a 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon – the last year apparently.  Its a disappearing thing from the peninsula.  Worth getting when its good.