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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 and the Yarra Valley.

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.
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  1. TYRRELL'S VAT 6 PINOT NOIR 2017
    First made in 1976, this wine took the world by storm, being included in the 'World's best dozen' at the Paris wine awards. Only made in years where the Pinot Noir is of high enough quality, this is an extremely rare ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  2. PUNCH ‘CLOSE PLANTED’ PINOT NOIR 2013
    97 points, James Halliday - "Light, but bright hue; a highly scented and spicy bouquet, red fruits coming through strongly on the fine, elegantly structured palate, red cherry to the fore, the tannins gossamer-fine; literally caresses the mouth." Grown on a ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
  3. JEAN TARDY VOSNE-ROMANÉE ‘VIGNEUX’ 2017
    Élevage: 16 months in oak (33% new; the rest one year old). Located on the Vougeot side, a touch further down from the Vosne-Romanée 1er cru ‘Les Suchots’, this 33-year-old vineyard is on a shallow and gravelly clay and limestone soil. ... Learn More
  4. JACQUESSON DIZY TERRES ROUGES ROSE 2003
    83% Pinot Meunier 17% Pinot Noir - Only 5,004 bottles produced. Bottled with no dosage, this is a powerful example of Rose Champagne. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, cherry, rhubarb and crushed rose petal lead into a palate of almost tannic intensity. Vibrant acidity ... Learn More
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    Wine Enthusiast
  5. THIERRY GLANTENAY POMMARD 'RUGIENS' 1ER CRU 2016
    Located in what Thierry Glantenay calls the low part of Rugiens Hauts, so right next to the more famous Rugiens Bas, this old-vine parcel of 0.19ha always produces one of the domaine's best wines. Delicate for a wine from the ... Learn More
  6. JEAN TARDY NUITS-ST-GEORGES 1ER CRU 'AUX ARGILLAS' 2017
    End of the coteaux of Nuits, the last vineyard before Vosne-Romanée. Picked later than others. "The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Aux Argillats 1er Cru needs some coaxing from the glass, only reluctantly revealing sultry blackberry, iodine and hints of blue fruit ... Learn More
  7. TAUPENOT-MERME MAZOYÈRES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2017
    The family owns 0.85Ha spread of the grand cru, spread over two plots planted in 1958 and 1959. Brother-and-sister team Virginie and Romain are at the helm at this domaine. It has 13 hectares on the Côte de Beaune and the Cô ... Learn More
  8. DOMAINE AF GROS ECHEZEAUX GRAND CRU 2017
    There has been a sorting table at the family winery since 2008 which allows the family to carefully select only perfect bunches, after which the grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The grapes are given a short cool maceration, then fermented ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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    Jancis Robinson
  9. DOMAINE PRIEURE ROCH CLOS DE CORVEES 2016
    Domaine Prieure Roch has a long history and relationship with DRC and is related to Lalou Bize-Leroy, and even though Prieure Roch is not as well known as DRC or Leroy, many Burgundy connoisseurs take the wines of Prieure Roch ... Learn More
  10. 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
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