Pairing wine and food can be intimidating for the uninitiated. That’s where Tanya Robert’s, joint owner of Michels Restaurant, comes to the rescue. Each issue, Tanya will discuss the attributes of a particular type of wine, and the best foods to serve it with. She will also review her pick of the bunch… available exclusively at Michels Restaurant.

Tuck’s Ridge Buckle Pinot Noir  |  Region: Mornington Peninsula   |   Vintage: 2013

Pinot Noir is not a ‘rich’ or ‘big’ wine when compared to its cousins. It is pale in colour, with a fruit profile of cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. Also on the nose is vanilla, clove, liquorice, mushroom, wet leaves, tobacco, cola and caramel; depending on the region.

Pinot Noir grown in Burgundy is seriously earthy – here you will smell mushroom or wet leaves (not really my style). Pinot Noir out of the Mornington Peninsula however (of which this is one), has sweeter fruit notes – expect blueberry with spice… yum!

Pinot Noir is light enough for salmon, but complex enough to hold up to a richer meat such as duck. This is the wine to order when everyone orders different dishes as this extremely versatile wine will make every guest at the table happy.

At Michels, our dish pairing for the 2013 Mornington Peninsula, Tuck’s Ridge Buckle Pinot Noir is roast duck fettucine with wild mushrooms, capsicum jam and watercress salad.

James Halliday
Exceptional 97 points and Special Value

16th International Cool Climate Wine Show
Best Pinot Noir 2013. • Best Mornington Peninsula Red. • Best Red Wine or Show


Michels Restaurant is a French style bistro serving simple, sophisticated cuisine. A long-time favourite with locals, Michels is Townsville’s restaurant destination. Proudly a multi-award winning restaurant, recognised by the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide and Trip Advisor. Let our passionate and experienced restaurateurs, Craig Smith and Tanya Roberts, captivate your senses and take you on a sophisticated escape from it all.

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