Pinot Noir, Canterbury

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. Koyama Waipara Pinot Noir 2018
    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
  2. Koyama Pearsons Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    This wine is quite aromatic and fruity with a well-integrated acid backbone. Crimson colour with ruby going to a brick red hue. A soft and rounded wine with aromas of sweet red berry fruits and red cherries. The palate is ... Learn More
  3. Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2014
    A very fresh and concentrated edition of this majestic pinot noir. This is bathed in dark cherry fruits, earth and spices, and there's a meaty depth and plenty of forest bracken too. The tannins are long and grainy, and carry ... Learn More
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  4. Koyama Williams Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Made from grapes grown on a limestone-rich hillside vineyard in Waipara. It’s a dense, high energy pinot noir with plum, violet, spice/anise, fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. Accessible now but with the potential to age well. - ... Learn More
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  5. Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2013
    This is not the Pegasus Bay's flagship Pinot Noir, but it sometimes beats its big brother and has been consistently good for many years. Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, lighter edged. This has a well-proportioned and concentrated nose with deep aroma ... Learn More
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  6. Koyama Williams S Pinot Noir 2018
    Taut, youthful pinot noir with cherry, red fruit, saline-mineral, fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. Bright, high-energy wine with a backbone of fine, peppery tannins. An elegant wine with cellaring potential. - Bob Campbell Grapes are sourced from vineyards throughout ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
  7. Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2019
    Biodynamic. Both of Pyramid Valley’s Pinot Noir vineyards are densely planted on clay/limestone slopes. Earth Smoke sits on the richer soils of the two: an expansive, east-facing slope with strong, beautifully structured soils that are comparatively high in ... Learn More
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  8. Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2019
    Biodynamic. Angel Flower is a cooler, more exposed block than Earth Smoke. The shallow soils and north-facing aspect here result in a more floral and aromatic wine, although the weight and shape of the palate have much in common with ... Learn More
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  9. Online Tasting Pack - Pinot Noir Comparison Tasting Thursday 12th August 6:30pm aest

    It's almost international Pinot Noir day! A grape that is very fussy and fickle to grow yet produces some of the most expensive and collected wines in the world. We'll do a side by side comparison of 3 different Pinot ... Learn More

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  10. Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2015
    Very elegant and tightly bound with refined and ethereal aromas of red cherry fruit entwined with red florals and subtle notes of fresh herbs. - Raymond Chan Penetrating, juicy, sappy, brisk yet enveloping; vibrant flavours of red fruit and spice; ... Learn More
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