Pinot Noir, Gippsland

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.
The Gippsland wine region reaches from Victoria's high country in the north all the way to the Bass Strait in the south. It is capable of producing richly textured wines of distinction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are the predominant varieties, though Pinot Gris is making a resurgence in recent years. It is the traditional Burgundian varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are the regions highlights.

West Gippsland is at approximately the same latitude as East Gippsland, but over 200 kms to the west, with the western boundary reaching the Yarra Valley. The climate in the West is less Mediterranean and warmer than the East as it is further inland.

South Gippsland is the coolest of the Gippsland subregions, and is heavily influenced by the Bass Strait and the rainfall there is also higher than in the East or West.
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  1. 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
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  2. Onannon 'Leongatha' Gippsland Pinot Noir 2018
    “You would have to go a long way to find three more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited,” - James Halliday Lifted fruit of cherry and raspberry. Notes of herbs, mint and earth ... Learn More
  3. Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Phillip Jones consistently produces Pinot Noir of exceptional quality. Redcurrants, charcuterie and undergrowth notes - complex and extraordinarily pretty. "Firm tannin helps add some grunt; spiced cherries add another element; stewed rhubarb adds to the bass. Chockablock with interest." - ... Learn More
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  4. Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    From the original Estate vineyard; 8,500 vines/hectare; specific plot cropping at approx. one tonne/acre, often blended with the best fruit from our Leongatha Vineyard. Wine with attractive, rich fruits in the mid-palate, with the strength to improve up to ... Learn More
  5. Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir 2017
    "Phillip Jones handcrafts tiny quantities of superlative Pinot Noir which, at its best, has no equal in Australia. Painstaking site selection, ultra-close vine spacing and the very, very cool climate of South Gippsland are the keys to the magic of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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