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. 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
  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. GARAGISTE 'LE STAGIAIRE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    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. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  5. ONANNON MORNINGTON PENINSULA PINOT NOIR 2017
    Lovely perfume of cherries, wild strawberry and a note of pleasant earthiness. The palate has a richness and plushness which will delight. Wonderfully balanced, with a structure that will reward careful cellaring - although is drinking very well now. A ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  6. 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
  7. 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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