Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

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. Foxey's Hangout Red Fox Pinot Noir 2019
    A brightly aromatic, gorgeous pinot noir with loads of redcurrant fruit and spice, plenty of new oak and a proper, savoury, grape tannin structure; the most affordable pinot noir in the Foxey range. Previous vintages of this limited release pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  2. 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
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  3. 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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  4. Yabby Lake Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2019
    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
  5. Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir 2019
    Bright aromatics of red cherry and crushed berries leap from the glass together with notes of violet and hints of allspice. There is an attractive suppleness to the mid-palate that combines blue and red fruit plus curacao flavours alongside a ... Learn More
  6. 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
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  7. Garagiste 'Le Stagiaire' Pinot Noir 2020
    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
  8. Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2019
    Easily the prettiest 10X Pinot in some years, this entree to the Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot range is a very likeable wine. It’s round and red-fruited through the mid palate, every bit the classic, generous Mornington Pinot, yet ... Learn More
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  9. Onannon Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2018
    From three vineyards: Onannon’s original Red Hill site (23-year-old vines, MV6, 777) and a site in Shoreham (19-year-old vines, MV6) and a site in Merricks North (20 years old, MV6). About 5% new oak. 10% whole bunches. All the 777 and some of the ... Learn More
  10. Hurley Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Climatic conditions in vintage 2018, our eighteenth, were excellent from budburst to harvest. It must be rated among the best that the Mornington Peninsula generally and Hurley Vineyard particularly have experienced. It yielded a good quantity of high-quality fruit in all ... Learn More
  11. Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir 2017
    "Garagiste pinot noir is one of the safest wine bets going." - 94 points, Campbell Mattinson Expect a wonderfully graceful, succulent Pinot Noir packed with red plum, spice and dark cherry notes This is a deep, lively and savoury expression of ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  12. Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2019
    The wine opens with heady aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, violet and baking spice. Weighty and powerful, the palate offers flavours of morello cherry, cranberry and an earthy blood orange character. Underlying this is a tight line of very fine ... Learn More
  13. Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    The wine opens with heady aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, violet and baking spice. Weighty and powerful, the palate offers flavours of morello cherry, cranberry and an earthy blood orange character. Underlying this is a tight line of very fine ... Learn More
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    Jeremy Oliver
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    Gary Walsh
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  14. D.M.L. Vin Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2019
    The 2nd vintage of this release, a collaborative project between the D'Anna family (Hoddles Creek), Sam Middleton (Mount Mary) & AFL great, Jordan Lewis. A top-flight Pinot Noir from a single site in Mornington Peninsula. With the minds behind Hoddles Creek ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  15. Onannon Red Hill Mornington Pinot Noir 2018
    Only 60 dozen of this wine was produced. 50% whole bunch from 24 year old vines, and 25% new oak create a beautifully textured wine of great complexity and savouriness. Earthiness, herbaceousness and lovely cherry fruit permeate. Beautifully structured and balanced. "You would have ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  16. Garagiste Terre De Feu Pinot Noir 2017
    Cropped from a specific 0.5-acre plot of the Merricks Grove vineyard, Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol in this part of the vineyard. Barney had noticed the vines in ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  17. Garagiste Terre De Feu Pinot Noir 2016
    Cropped from a specific 0.5-acre plot of the Merricks Grove vineyard, Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol in this part of the vineyard. Barney had noticed the vines in ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  18. Kooyong Meres Pinot Noir 2018
    Shy at first, the 2018 Meres evolves to open a deeply perfumed and aromatic nose; pretty red fruits (strawberry and cherry) together with rhubarb and floral notes. Subtle savoury spice aromas emerge. The palate is delicate yet deep with an attractive ... Learn More
  19. Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    95% MV6, 5% D4V2 clone, hand-picked, an average of 20% whole bunches (separate batches 0-30%), wild-fermented, 8-15 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French oak (20% new). ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  20. Moorooduc 'Mcintyre Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2014
    In a spectacular vintage like 2015, the fruit from this dry-grown block produces brilliant wines of intensity and structure. Vines planted as early as 1983 thriving in the near perfect conditions on the Peninsula during the 2015 grow season, with excellent results. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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