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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. Tuck's Ridge Pinot Noir 2000
    Mornington Peninsula is a unique winemaking region in Australia, blessed by warm days, cool nights and ocean breezes. Renowned for producing exceptional pinot noir and chardonnay. ... Learn More
  2. Ocean Eight Pinot Noir 2019
    Ocean Eight is one of the star wineries of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula; making tiny quantities of exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Lovely delicate bouquet of fresh picked red fruits. Bright and juicy Pinot Noir expressing true Mornington Peninsula traits. An elegant palate ... Learn More
  3. Scorpo Pinot Noir 2010
    Deep dark red colour with crimson red mauve hue. The nose displays lifted violet top notes followed by some ripe dark cherry, strawberry and spicy cedar. Light to medium weight the palate delivers flavours of dark cherry, some gamey cedar ... Learn More
    Scorpo Pinot Noir 2010
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  4. Crittenden Zumma Pinot Noir 2019
    Inspiration for this wine has been drawn from the great wines of Burgundy, many of which show a level of elegance and restraint that is seldom seen in new world Pinot Noir. Accordingly, The Zumma Pinot possesses a depth of ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  5. Onannon Single-Site Red Hill Pinot Noir 2019
    This wine is from our Red Hill vineyard which we manage with the help of Martin our vineyard manager. The vines are 24 years old now. It’s a warm site, sitting at 90m with a northern exposure. In 2018 we used ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  6. Dexter Black Label Pinot Noir 2019
    Tod and Debbie Dexter planted their vineyard in Merricks, Mornington Peninsular in 1987. After a jaunt to Burgundy in 2000, Tod decided he wanted something more. After helping establish the formidable reputation of Stonier wines with Brian Stonier, and a time with ... Learn More
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    Jane Faulkner
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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