Clearance

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, the Yarra Valley and Great Southern.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
View as Grid List

5 Items

per page
Set Descending Direction
Shop By
  1. MANIA TAMAR VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2017
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are a slightly more ... Learn More
    pts
    Gary Walsh
    Out of stock
  2. SALEM WINE CO. PINOT NOIR 2015
    A world class Pinot Noir from one of the most exciting regions for this variety. Concentrated and powerful, yet beautifully balanced. Fully Biodynamically produced. Classic raspberry, strawberry and earthy spice. The palate is focused, juicy and elegant with lovely fruit. ... Learn More
  3. DOMAINE FRANCOIS MIKULSKI MEURSAULT ROUGE 1ER CRU 'CAILLERETS' 2011
    Leads with elegant aromas of spices, musk, leather, carnation and violet. Flavours of raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, dried fruit cake or brioche on the palate. A luscious 1er Cru with great potential for ageing ... Learn More
  4. CUVEE AUX ANTIPODES BY PROPHET’S ROCK 2017
    This Pinot Noir was made by Francois Millet, winemaker at the iconic Chambolle Musigny estate of Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue in partnership with Paul Pujol from Prophets Rock. Francois even insisted on exporting the same brass hand pumps from ... Learn More
    pts
    Huon Hooke
    pts
    Jane Faulkner
    pts
    Robert Parker
  5. MAISON LEROY GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 2015
    The Gevrey-Chambertin of Maison Leroy presents the highest degree of expression from this classic Burgundy village. A year noted for fine tannins, balance, and depth, this wine is still a youngster. Nose shows distinct mineral notes, black fruit, black pepper, ... Learn More
View as Grid List

5 Items

per page
Set Descending Direction