Gin, Pinot Noir

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. Nugan Estate Third Generation Pinot Noir 2018
    WINNER; GOLD: 2018 Riverina Wine Awards - Open Classes SILVER: 2019 Riverina Wine Awards - Open Classes The Nugan family history in Australia spans three generations. The Third-Generation label represents the family’s tradition of quality and excellence. These wines are made ... Learn More
  2. Zilzie 'Adelaide Hills' Pinot Noir 2021
    The fruit was selected from premium Adelaide Hills vineyards, cool fermented on skins then gently pressed into stainless steel to optimise colour and flavour. ... Learn More
  3. United Cellars Pinot Noir By Bruce Tyrrell 2018
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  4. Tread Softly Premium Pinot Noir 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Summary: Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, intensely flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had ... Learn More
  5. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2020
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
  6. Philip Shaw 'The Wire Walker' Pinot Noir 2021
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity ... Learn More
  7. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2022
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  8. Crittenden Geppetto Pinot Noir 2020
    Blending fruit from selected cool climates around victoria and gentle processing techniques have allowed us to produce a Pinot that truly reflects our dedication to this variety. This style is intentionally made for early enjoyment with fresh fruit and supple ... Learn More
  9. Leitz Zero Point Five Pinot Noir (Non Alc.)
    From award winning winemaker, Johannes Leitz from the world-famous vineyards of the Rüdesheim region in Germany comes Zero Point Five, a premium alcohol-free Pinot Noir made from 100% Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) grapes grown in Germany. It is an exceptionally ... Learn More
  10. Unico Zelo harvest pinot noir 2018
    Up and Comiong producer. ... Learn More
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  11. Le Versant 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Pinot Noir 2020
    Les Vignobles Foncalieu named 'Cooperative Winery of the Year 2012' by the Revue du Vin de France - the biggest magazine in the French wine industry! A strong and aromatic nose of red fruits mixed with liquorice notes. Medium bodied, ... Learn More
  12. Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2020
    Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the ... Learn More
  13. Bodega Volcanes De Chile Pinot Noir 2021
    “The Chilean volcanic terroir is nothing but dynamic. Many of our vineyards are located on mature volcanic – igneous regions, where soils are a result of the weathering processes that have occurred over millions of years. However, we also have vines ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  14. Punt Road Pinot Noir 2021
    A fruit driven style of Pinot with fragrant strawberry aromas and sweet berry flavours. Moderate acidity and feathery tannins frame an elegant palate of ripe cherry with a touch of earthiness. ... Learn More
  15. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021
    Our philosophy towards pinot is to look after the detail, keep it simple and respect the fruit. The onus is on fruit quality and balance and not on winemaking solutions or corrections. For us winemaking is an extension of the ... Learn More
  16. Yabby Lake Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020
    An exceptional 'Second' wine from Victorian producer Yabby Lake. Winemaker Tom Carson was crowned 'International Winemaker of the Year' at the 2004 International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. Tom Carson also holds several wine judging roles including his current post ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  17. Roche De Bellene 'Bellenos' Rouge 2018
    Nicholas Potel is a fabulous negociant winemaker that has made a name for producing Quality Burgundy at reasonable prices. Maison Roche de Bellene has created a range of “pleasure” wines: the Bellenos Collection. Due to their brand name, the wines ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  18. Coates Pinot Noir 2020
    FINALIST; Winemaker of the Year Finalist, 2022, Halliday Wine Companion, Coates The Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills is definitely something worth exploring. This Pinot Noir has been made using grapes sourced from the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills. A ... Learn More
    Coates Pinot Noir 2020
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  19. Helen's Hill Long Walk Pinot Noir 2020
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Distinctly Yarra Valley, it’s earthy, it’s gamey, it's the 2020 Long Walk Pinot Noir. One of wineries the finest achievements is that ... Learn More
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    Stuart Knox
  20. Scorpo ‘Noirien' Pinot Noir 2020
    Paul Scorpo has been quietly crafting beautiful wines in Mornington Peninsula alongside Australia’s top shelf cool climate winegrowers. Vibrant cherry red with purple hues. Bright berry fruit and cherry nose with flint, oak and spices. Dark cherries, mushroom and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
  21. ShadowFax Mondeuse Noir 2019
    Beautiful light-bodied red. Floral, spicy pleasant sweet greenery of whole bunch, raspberry and red cherry. It’s earthy and lightly chalky, wonderful spread of pumice tannin, precise crunch and succulence all at once. The finish is all charm, length, root ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  22. Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2021
    Established in 1998, Shadowfax is a boutique winery located just 30 minutes from Melbourne, in the heart of Werribee Park. Dedicated to creating high quality and handcrafted wines, our renowned varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Shiraz as well ... Learn More
  23. Provenance Geelong Golden Plains Pinot Noir 2020
    2019 Best Value Winery of the Year: James Halliday's Wine Companion, 94 points. "Scott Ireland is the man behind Provenance, a wine brand based in southern Victoria’s Geelong. Ireland was the winemaker at prominent Geelong district winery, Austin’s of Barrabool, ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  24. Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021
    Bright ruby red appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Lovely nose, highly perfumed wine with red cherry, five spice savoury and floral notes dominating the aromas. The palate has a core of red fruit flavours around a backbone of natural ... Learn More
  25. Nanny Goat Pinot Noir 2020
    The nose is dense and intriguing, with layered black and blue berry fruits, toasted spice, cola and an ethereal floral lift. The palate is velvety and plush up front, brimming with wild berry fruits, currants, lightly roasted coffee beans and ... Learn More
  26. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    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 as a slightly more ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  27. Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2021
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
  28. Escarpment NOIR Pinot Noir 2020
    The Noir label brings together 35 years of wine making experience in New Zealand, creating a soft, bright, fruit forward wine which can be enjoyed immediately or will cellar successfully for a number of years. 100% Martinborough hand-harvested fruit has been open-top-fermented. ... Learn More
  29. Atlas Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2020
    Very elegant and pale in colour, slight garnet coming through, started on nose a little confectionary but has some great gamey, white florals, clove, white ground pepper, sanguine. A wonderful expression of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir! High, well balanced acid ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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    Jane Faulkner
  30. Ponting Wines 'Mowbray Boy' Pinot Noir 2020
    Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  31. Wooing Tree Blondie 2021
    This unique Blanc de Noir was made from 100% Pinot noir grapes, grown on our family owned vineyard. Ripe hand picked fruit and gentle winemaking have given a wonderfully balanced wine. The elegant champagne colour resulted from minimal skin contact prior ... Learn More
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    Cameron Douglas MS
  32. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne  Pinot Noir 2020
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A clean, pure expression ... Learn More
  33. Bream Creek Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2020
    As one of Tasmania's oldest vineyards, Bream Creek has a long established reputation as one of Australia's leading Pinot Noir makers. Made in Bream Creek's traditional bold style, the 2020 Bream Creek Pinot Noir is another impressive Tasmanian Pinot Noir. This ... Learn More
  34. Ocean Eight Pinot Noir 2019
    Ocean Eight is one of the star wineries of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula; making tiny quantities of exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Lovely delicate bouquet of fresh picked red fruits. Bright and juicy Pinot Noir expressing true Mornington Peninsula traits. An elegant palate ... Learn More
  35. Koyama Waipara Pinot Noir 2019
    The grapes were sourced from two different vineyards in Waipara Valley. Both vineyards are situated in the centre of Waipara Valley, where the soil is called “Glacial Gravel”. Since this wine is a blend of two gravel soil vineyards, the ... Learn More
  36. McWilliam's Single Vineyard Tumbarumba Pinot Noir 2018
    The Single Vineyard range is site specific, showcasing individual style and personality, delivering wines of terrific nuance and detail. The McWilliam’s winemaking team continually strive for quality, pushing the benchmark for Australian winemaking to new heights. This Pinot Noir ... Learn More
  37. Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir 2020
    A wonderful expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir. A luscious and fruit focussed Pinot Noir with great flavour and lovely soft tannin. The 2020 season started dry and cool in Central Otago, followed by warmer temperatures throughout summer and a lovely ... Learn More
  38. Stefano Lubiana 'Primavera' Pinot Noir 2021
    Fruit sourced from Derwent valley 65% and 35% Huon Valley. The geology is a mix of two terroirs, grey gravelly loams over clay and red loam over gravel. The Vineyard management is Biodynamic in conversion. Wine notes: On the nose the wine ... Learn More
  39. Rockburn Pinot Noir 2020
    The 2020 vintage yielded beautiful fruit from each of our sites, which we have simply guided gently through to the bottle with minimal handling It shows expressive nose of plum, black cherry and toasty oak supported by a palate full of ... Learn More
  40. Brown Magpie 'Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Another award winning Pinot Noir from boutique 5 star winery, Brown Magpie. WINNER; Best Geelong Pinot Noir, Real Review Panel 2020 A lifted bouquet of spicy, musk, cherries and raspberries. There are now some strong bottle development characters appearing of forest floor ... Learn More
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