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, 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.
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  1. ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT PINOT NOIR 2019
    Lifted aromas of plum, cherry, rose petal, cedar and undergrowth. This is an easy yet mouth-filling and intensely flavoured wine showing bright fruit flavours with spice and character. A freshness in natural acidity from cooler sites and fine-grained tannins drive ... Learn More
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  2. ZILZIE 'ADELAIDE HILLS' PINOT NOIR 2018
    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. KINDRED SPIRITS PINOT NOIR 2014
    The Kindred Spirits Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir is sourced from the maritime Te Awanga sub-region of Hawkes Bay from a 12 year old vineyard. A lifted and expressive nose with an array of red cherry, wild forest and almost gamey aromas. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  4. 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
  5. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2017
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
  6. THE HARE & THE TORTOISE PINOT NOIR 2019
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
  7. JOSEF CHROMY 'PEPIK' PINOT NOIR 2017
    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
  8. PADDY BORTHWICK 'PAPER ROAD' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Harvested from 3 vineyards allows selection of the best batches to consistently produce pure Pinot Noir. The nose shows spicy savoury and bright, juicy red fruits. It is medium-bodied with soft velvety tannins, a mix of tart and sweet cherry fruit ... Learn More
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  9. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'ROSE BY TOM BARRY' 2018
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard in Kuitpo (sub region of Adelaide Hills) planted in 2002. Beautiful ... Learn More
  10. WICKHAMS ROAD GIPPSLAND PINOT NOIR 2018
    Made by the Hoddles Creek team; the Wickhams Road wines are made with the same philosophy used with Hoddles Creek and sourced from the same vineyards ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  11. AIRLIE BANK PINOT NOIR 2019
    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
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    Gary Walsh
  12. RIPOSTE 'THE DAGGER' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Fruit is sourced from two great vineyard sites at Charleston and Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills. Displays all of the hallmark aromas, flavours and texture of Pinot Noir. Striking floral edges with cuts of bright red berries combine on the ... Learn More
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  13. PHILIP SHAW 'THE WIRE WALKER' PINOT NOIR 2017
    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
  14. BODEGA VOLCANES DE CHILE PINOT NOIR 2018
    “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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  15. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
  16. BLACK COTTAGE PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
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  17. STONEY RISE PINOT NOIR 2016
    While the initial juicy freshness makes this wine immediately enjoyable, the structure will make it a wine the you can happily lay down for 5+ years. There are some fresh strawberry and raspberry fruits on the nose. The palate starts our ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  18. PORT PHILLIP ESTATE 'QUARTIER' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Quartier means neighbourhood in French and the Quartier varietals are a celebration of diverse terroirs on the Mornington Peninsula. The fruit for this wine is sourced from Tuerong, Balnarring and Red Hill. An expressive nose with plenty of red cherry, ... Learn More
  19. STONIER PINOT NOIR 2017
    The hand-picked Pinot Noir grapes were de-stemmed into small open two and three tonne fermenters, with daily hand plunging and gentle pump overs during fermentation. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  20. ABBOTTS & DELAUNAY 'DOMAINE DE LA METAIRIE D’ALON' ORGANIC ROSE 2017
    A lively, fruity and fresh wine that is aged on lees in stainless steel for 8 months without malolactic fermentation in order to maintain as much freshness and vivacity as possible. With a mineral nose featuring aromas of flint, red fruit ( ... Learn More
  21. DOMAINE DE LA METAIRIE PINOT NOIR 2017
    Very elegant organic Pinot Noir in the Burgundian style. Red fruits meet pretty rose aromas and hints of earthy spices. Full of freshness, elegance & finesse, this wine is long, balanced and exhibits real Pinot Noir typicity - red cherry fruit ... Learn More
  22. KOOYONG MASSALE PINOT NOIR 2017
    "So many positives" - Campbell Mattinson Vibrant red in colour, the nose offers attractive aromatics of violet, red cherry and earthy spice. Gently flowing with black cherry and dark spice flavours, the silky mid-weight palate carries through to the finish ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  23. WHISSON LAKE MADAME BOULANGER PINOT NOIR 2016
    We take our cues from traditional Burgundian winemaking styles, focusing on small ferments of rich Pinot Noir grapes picked at just the right moment and always remembering one golden rule (coined by Clarendon Hills’s Roman Bratasiuk in 1995): "...in winemaking, ... Learn More
  24. PADDY BORTHWICK PINOT NOIR 2015
    From family owned & operated estate founded in 1996, this wine has a Bouquet of maraschino cherries, plums, cranberries and cedar. A core of dark cherry, cloves and wild herbs are supported by bright fruit and French oak that complement a rich ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  25. AKARUA PINOT NOIR 'ROUGE' 2019
    “An early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ageing and complex winemaking. We like to enjoy ... Learn More
  26. AKARUA PINOT NOIR 'ROUGE' 2018
    “This is our second release of Pinot Rouge, an early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ... Learn More
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  27. GARAGISTE 'LE STAGIAIRE' PINOT NOIR 2018
    The fruit for the La Stagiaire Pinot predominantly comes from Garagiste's Balnarring and Tuerong vineyards, with a small proportion of Merricks and Red Hill. Aromatic and sweetly fruited, showing an abundance of dark cherry and poached plum aromas, with subtle ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  28. GARAGISTE 'LE STAGIAIRE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    The fruit for the La Stagiaire Pinot predominantly comes from Garagiste's Balnarring and Tuerong vineyards, with a small proportion of Merricks and Red Hill. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  29. WARRAMUNDA ESTATE 'LIV ZAK' PINOT NOIR 2018
    From a premium site wedged between Yeringberg and Oakridge, this winery is the best-kept secret in the Yarra Valley! The wine opens with perfume scents, brooding red fruits and earthy black forest. Fragrantly spiced and brightly lifted, this bouquet sets ... Learn More
  30. MANIA TAMAR VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
  31. NANNY GOAT PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
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  32. AKARUA 'RUA' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Far from a sold-out rarity, as is often the case with heavily awarded wines; RUA Pinot Noir is widely available in NZ and beloved by Kiwis who describe it as their ‘go to’ and ‘everyday’ wine. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  33. THOUSAND CANDLES 'GATHERING FIELD' PINOT NOIR 2018
    We've been watching this vineyard for the last few years and have always been convinced that amazing wine was going to come from this place. The property had great potential - this is now being realised by the work Stuart ... Learn More
  34. STEFANO LUBIANA 'PRIMAVERA' PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
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    Mike Bennie
  35. PRIORY RIDGE TASMANIAN PINOT NOIR 2015
    Whether it's the granite soils or the sort of first-vintage phenomenon we've often seen before in Tasmanian pinots, this is distinctly different to the bigger, riper East Coast style. Tight and textured with sour cherry plum and savoury peppery notes ... Learn More
  36. CHATEAU DE LACHASSAGNE BOURGOGNE PRESTIGE PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
  37. OAKRIDGE LOCAL VINEYARD SERIES 'WILLOWLAKE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    The Yarra Valley has three distinct geographic zones or sub-regions -lower warmer, middle cool and higher cooler sub-regions. We have matched particular varieties with the specific sites to give you outstanding examples of single vineyard wines. Orange rind, stewed cherries, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  38. JOURNEY WINES PINOT NOIR 2018
    Found in nearly every hatted restaurant in Australia, this is the perfect food wine. The nose shows gorgeous Pinot lift, red berry aromas bursting from the glass. Red cherry and cranberry aromas are complemented by subtle spiciness and oak. The ... Learn More
  39. MAYER ‘BLOODY HILL’ PINOT NOIR 2018
    Bloody Hill Pinot Noir is Timo’s gentler version of the variety. The fruit from this maddening slope in the Yarra Valley is fully destemmed, naturally fermented and aged in oak for only three months. Juicy and free flowing as ... Learn More
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  40. DALRYMPLE TASMANIAN PINOT NOIR 2017
    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
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    Campbell Mattinson
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