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. Crittenden Geppetto Pinot Noir 2020
    Blending fruit from selected cool climates around victoria and gentle processing techniques have allowed us to produce a Pinot that truly reflects our dedication to this variety. This style is intentionally made for early enjoyment with fresh fruit and supple ... Learn More
  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. 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
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  5. Red Claw 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
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  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. Yabby Lake Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020
    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
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  8. Scorpo ‘Noirien' Pinot Noir 2020
    Paul Scorpo has been quietly crafting beautiful wines in Mornington Peninsula alongside Australia’s top shelf cool climate winegrowers. Vibrant cherry red with purple hues. Bright berry fruit and cherry nose with flint, oak and spices. Dark cherries, mushroom and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
  9. Crittenden Peninsula Pinot Noir 2019
    This wine walks the middle ground between being fruit driven and more complex and structured. Each of the contributing clones, 114, 115 and MV6; bring a unique character to the wine. Ideal ripening conditions and minimal yields have also contributed a level ... Learn More
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    Nick Butler
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Ralph Kyte-Powell
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  10. Scorpo ‘Noirien' Pinot Noir 2019
    Paul Scorpo has been quietly crafting beautiful wines in Mornington Peninsula alongside Australia’s top shelf cool climate winegrowers. Vibrant cherry red with purple hues. Bright berry fruit and cherry nose with flint, oak and spices. Dark cherries, mushroom and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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  11. 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
  12. 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
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  13. Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir 2021
    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
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  14. Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir 2020
    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
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  15. 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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  16. Onannon Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020
    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
  17. 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
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  18. Ocean Eight Pinot Noir 2018
    Ocean Eight is one of the star wineries of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula; making tiny quantities of exceptional, hand-crafted wines. This 2018 Ocean Eight Pinot Noir is another fine example of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir offering excellent fruit weight and intensity. Lovely ... Learn More
  19. 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
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  20. Crittenden Kangerong Pinot Noir 2018
    Offering more fibrous density than the imminently quaffable estate Pinot, this equals the deliciousness quotient. - Ned Goodwin. Pretty floral notes accompany cherry and subtle spice. The palate shows black cherries, spice and a velvety texture with thoughtful oak handling. ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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  21. Hurley Estate Pinot Noir 2019
    Rated among the best that the Mornington Peninsula and Hurley Vineyard have experienced. It yielded a good quantity of high-quality fruit in all three vineyards. The vines were aged nineteen years in Garamond and Hommage the Older, and eighteen years ... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 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
  24. 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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  25. Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir 2020
    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 Mornington, dangerously drinkable from start to finish. Expect a wonderfully graceful, succulent Pinot Noir packed ... Learn More
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  26. Principia Altior Pinot Noir 2019
    Hand-picked, 80% whole berries, 5 days cold soak, wild yeast open-fermented, 17 days on skins, matured in French oak (25% new) for 7 months, 100 dozen made. Excellent colour and clarity; the bouquet is very expressive, perfectly ripened pinot noir notes to the fore, warm spices ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Jane Faulkner
  27. 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
  28. Dexter Pinot Noir 2020
    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
    Dexter Pinot Noir 2020
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  29. Scorpo Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Scorpo has for some time sat comfortably within the highest rank of Australian cool-climate winegrowers, quietly composing excellent wines and steadily raising the bar year upon year. An open and elegant bouquet of raspberry, mulberry, cranberry and cherry will lead ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  30. Dexter Pinot Noir 2019
    An ample, generous pinot with stacks of flavour. It will richly reward a few years' cellaring too. - Huon Hooke Firm, spicy and a touch meaty, in a positive way, with graphite and succulent poached strawberry flavours putting on a ... Learn More
    Dexter Pinot Noir 2019
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  31. Philippa Farr Mornington Pinot Noir 2020
    One of the best Pinot's we have seen at the price from the Mornington Peninsula Peak Drinking: Now - 2028 The Mornington is off the same vineyard we have been working with the last few years, with 20 years age the vineyard ... Learn More
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  32. Philippa Farr Mornington Pinot Noir 2019
    One of the best Pinot's we have seen at the price from the Mornington Peninsula Peak Drinking: Now - 2028 The Mornington is off the same vineyard we have been working with the last few years, with 20 years age the vineyard ... Learn More
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  33. Onannon Leongatha Single-Site Pinot Noir 2018
    Onannon Single-Site Leongatha Pinot Noir is a mix of several clones: D5, MV6 and 777. The grapes were destemmed into an open stainless-steel pot and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Semi translucent bright dark red colour with black tinged edges and a ... Learn More
  34. 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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  35. 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
  36. Ocean Eight 'Aylward' Pinot Noir 2017
    The wine from 2017 has a Burgundy hue of blood red to maroon. it is full of the red fruits cherry & raspberry with forest floor notes as well. Depth in texture and fruit flavour, it is intense with mild smoky-charred oak. ... Learn More
  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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
  40. Crittenden Cri de Coeur Pinot Noir 2018
    2018 has provided yet another wonderful growing season in a string of recent ideal vintages. The mild summer and moderate yields have combined to produce full flavoured wines with texture and poise as well as helped retain a higher than normal ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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