Pinot Noir, Derwent Valley

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.
Southern Tasmania is known for its rich soils, pristine water and pure air. All perfect factors for producing the finest quality wines. To the north-west of Hobart is the Derwent Valley, where the road follows the beautiful Derwent River through rows of poplars and on to Tasmania's central highlands and the grandeur of Lake St Clair. With the perfect climate for many varietals, southern Tasmania is rapidly gaining a reputation as Australia’s premier Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sparkling wine producing area.
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  1. Stefano Lubiana 'Primavera' Pinot Noir 2019
    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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  2. Domaine Simha 'Lionheart' Tasmanian Amphora Pinot Noir 2018
    Living wine relying on ancient knowledge and intuition. Energetic wine of expressive character and lo-fi technique. Domaine Simha Amphorae wines are crafted in white clay fermentation vessels. Derived from the cosmic golden ratio, the ovoid shape promotes a gentle passive ... Learn More
  3. Domaine Simha 'Rama' Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2018
    Adventurous Pinot Noir shaped by terroir and season. Whole bunch wild ferment with gentle pigeage Matured 12 months en seasoned demi-muid. Basket pressed, bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance Enchanted forest Plum blossom, tuberose, ylang ylang cherry, wild mushroom, ... Learn More
  4. Domaine Simha 'Rama' Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2017
    Adventurous Pinot Noir shaped by terroir and season. Whole bunch wild ferment with gentle pigeage Matured 12 months en seasoned demi-muid. Basket pressed, bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance Enchanted forest Plum blossom, tuberose, ylang ylang cherry, wild mushroom, ... Learn More
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  5. Online Tasting Pack - Tasmania Deep Dive Thursday 22nd April 6:30pm aest

    Australia's southernmost and coolest region has made a name for itself producing some world-class wines and we're going to learn more about these with our local Master of Wine; Andrea Pritzker plus Domaine Simha winemaker Nav Singh. Tasmania has ... Learn More

  6. Online Tasting Pack - Tasmania Deep Dive Plus Breakout Room Wine Thursday 22nd April 6:30pm aest

    This pack includes an additional 4th wine to be tasted at the end of the session in a smaller group setting within the zoom breakout room for a chance to taste a unique, natural Pinot Noir with the winemaker ... Learn More

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