Wine Review: Mosquito Hills Brut Rose & Mt Lofty Ranges Aspire Pinot Noir

East End Cellars sommelier, Iris Zhang, alongside owner of Nomadic Marketing Mark Bolton, review two drops from Mosquito Hills Wines and Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard.

If there is such a thing called “most loved variety in the wine world”, it could quite possibly be pinot noir without much dispute. Pinot Noir is a variety that is notoriously hard to grow and the price for a Bourgogne Rouge has been higher than ever with the strong tendency to increase more crazily.

To quench the pinot noir thirst without breaking the budget, East End Cellars has invited Mark Bolton, the owner of Nomadic Marketing Wine distribution to do a SA Pinot Noir tasting.

Mark has a lengthy career in the local market, talking, promoting and presenting wines, brands and producers. Pinot Noir has been an on-going fascination to him. According to Mark, the local scene is exciting to discover due to a greater understanding on how to grow and make the variety producing very pure world-class wines right in our favourite South Australia Wine Regions.

In the line up, patrons will get to taste how terroir, viticultural practice and winemaking decisions could impact a glass of pinot Noir and most importantly after the tasting, you can figure out what kind of pinot noir could be an affordable everyday drink of yours. This is areal pinot noir master class with a casual setting that is not to be missed.

Wines on tasting on 12th and 13th August in EEC are:

  • Mosquito Hill Brut Rose Methode Traditionelle Southern Fleurieu
  • Mosquito Hill ‘Emeritus’ Pinot Noir Southern Fleurieu 2018       
  • Mosquito Hill ‘7 Barrels’ Pinot Noir Southern Fleurieu 2018        
  • Coates Pinot Noir Kuitpo Adelaide Hills 2021
  • Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard ‘Aspire’ Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills 2020

Tasting Times

Friday 12 August: 5pm – 7pm

Saturday 13 August: 4pm – 6pm

Two of the wines, we really love to single out are:

Mosquito Hills Brut Rose Methode Traditionelle Southern Fleurieu 2016

Let’s be honest here, Sparkling Rose is never a big seller among patrons in any retail environment.

However, this Mosquito Hills Rose has always been an East End Cellars favourite and something they like to stock up in their own cellar! This sparking wine is made of 100% Pinot Noir, grown in Mosquito Hills’ estate vineyard, in the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula.

After hand-harvest, gentle whole-cluster press is done immediately and only free-run juice is used. This sparkling rose is made with champenois method, where second fermentation happens in bottle.

The mousse is so fine and creamy. The colour is slightly pink in glass and it has a subtle strawberry/pomegranate taste and finishes refreshingly dry.

Food Pairing: All sorts of Sashimi and Pizzas!

Retail Price: $39

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard Aspire Pinot Noir 2020

This dangerously delicious pinot noir is from Lenswood region in Adelaide hills. This vineyard is about 550 metres above sea level, 20km due east of Adelaide.

The climate in this beautiful sub-region is very cool with the undulating and steep sloping terrain around Lenswood minimizing frost risk. Also, the altitude and protected site reduces risks of a heat wave during summer.

This beautiful pinot noir has always been selling fast in East End Cellars. Unsurprisingly, the 2020 vintage has just won 95 Points in Halliday Wine Companion 2023.

This Pinot Noir is something that you want to savour, something you want to see how it could develop for a whole evening and something you want to discuss with your wine lover friends.

The dark fruits, spices and fine-grained tannins could easily take you to Poammard in Burgundy.

Food Pairing: Lamb Chops and Tea Smoked Duck

Retail Price: $56

This article was written by East End Cellars Sommelier, Iris Zhang, in collaboration with Mark Bolton. East End Cellars is premium wine cellar located in the Adelaide CBD. To learn more, visit the East End Cellars website.

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