Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc

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.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape, that has become incredibly popular, with increased plantings in Australia over the last 10 years. It grows best in the cooler wine regions.

Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River, Orange in New South Wales and Tasmania are all regions which produce wonderful examples of Sauvignon Blanc. The coolest vintages have “grassy”, gooseberry characters, whereas, warmer vintages show more passionfruit flavour, but still with the trademark zingy acidity. In Margaret River, Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Semillon, this creates a perfect partnership and a fuller style of wine. In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand's trademark grape.

Sauvignon Blanc is an important white grape in France, especially Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux, where it is blended with Sémillon to produce Bordeaux Blancs and Cru Classé White Graves. Elsewhere in Bordeaux, it is also blended with Sémillon, to produce the amazing dessert wines of Sauternes. In the Loire Valley and particularly on the chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The wines produced are very different to New World equivalents, they tend to be less pungent, more restrained, mineral with smoky, gunflint notes.

After initial problems, it is now grown very successfully in Chile. The wines are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character.
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  1. Plus & Minus Langhorne Creek Pinot Noir 2020 (Non Alc.)
    Plus & Minus is a contemporary range of wines developed to be richer in antioxidants, minus the alcohol. These 0% alcohol wines have been hand-made without the use of any artificial sweeteners but do see the addition of grape seed extract (GSE) ... Learn More
  2. Giesen 'Lighter In Alcohol' Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sourced from the picturesque Wairau Valley in Marlborough, the fruit is harvested early, which is then pressed to tank for fermentation. A controlled ferment with hand selected yeast ensures aroma and fruit character are retained. The ferment is stopped early ... Learn More
  3. Zilzie 'Adelaide Hills' Pinot Noir 2020
    The fruit was selected from premium Adelaide Hills vineyards, cool fermented on skins then gently pressed into stainless steel to optimise colour and flavour. ... Learn More
  4. Funky Monkey Rose 2020 (Non Alc.)
    Tasting Note: Pale pink Rose showing an attractive nose of strawberries and a gentle earthiness. The palate delivers ripe berry fruit with a soft mouthfeel and bright acidity. Serve perfectly chilled with a variety of dishes and enjoy with good ... Learn More
  5. Funky Monkey Pinot Noir 2020 (Non Alc.)
    Funky Monkey is a contemporary range of wines developed to be richer in antioxidants, minus the alcohol. These zero alcohol wines have been hand-made without the use of any artificial sweeteners but do see the addition of grape skin extract ( ... Learn More
  6. Road To Enlightenment Pinot Noir 2020
    Lifted aromas of plum, cherry, rose petal, cedar and undergrowth. This is an easy yet mouth-filling and intensely flavoured wine showing bright fruit flavours with spice and character. A freshness in natural acidity from cooler sites and fine-grained tannins drive ... Learn More
  7. Miles From Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    WINNER; Top Gold & Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Class 05 (Riverina Wine Awards 2020) Gold Medal (Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020) Gold Medal (International Wine Awards 2020) Gold Medal (China Wine and Spirits Awards 2020) Tropical fruit aromas with hints of melon and lime. There ... Learn More
  8. Road To Enlightenment Pinot Noir 2019
    Lifted aromas of plum, cherry, rose petal, cedar and undergrowth. This is an easy yet mouth-filling and intensely flavoured wine showing bright fruit flavours with spice and character. A freshness in natural acidity from cooler sites and fine-grained tannins drive ... Learn More
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  9. Pocketwatch Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    "Our winemakers have blended a number of parcels of night-harvested grapes from vineyards across the Central Ranges, New South Wales, and fermented the wine with cultured yeasts in stainless steel tanks, to create an appealing fresh, fruit-driven dry white wine." ... Learn More
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  10. Miles From Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    WINNER; Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. Tropical fruit aromas with hints of melon and lime. There are some delicate floral notes too. Ripe tropical fruits dominate the palate which is crisp and dry with ... Learn More
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  11. Kindred Spirits Pinot Noir 2014
    The Kindred Spirits Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir is sourced from the maritime Te Awanga sub-region of Hawkes Bay from a 12 year old vineyard. A lifted and expressive nose with an array of red cherry, wild forest and almost gamey aromas. ... Learn More
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  12. Le Chat Noir Pinot Noir 2018
    Le Chat Noir is a range of modern French wines created by Vincent Charleux. Aromas of strawberries, blackberries and spiced plums, with a hint of dried roses. The palate is light-medium bodied, with bright red berries, a touch of savouriness, ... Learn More
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  13. Kindred Spirits Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Made by Aussie winemaker Corey Ryan & ex Villa Maria winemaker Rod Macdonald. In September 2020, Rod was named on a who’s who list of top global winemakers – The Master Winemaker 100 – as compiled by reputable magazine the drinks business (UK). Rod ... Learn More
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  14. United Cellars Pinot Noir By Bruce Tyrrell 2018
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  15. Bertaine Et Fils Pinot Noir 2019
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
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  16. Bertaine Et Fils Pinot Noir 2018
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
  17. Bertaine Et Fils Pinot Noir 2017
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
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  18. Tread Softly Premium Pinot Noir 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Summary: Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, intensely flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had ... Learn More
  19. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2020
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
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  20. Kopu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    The grapes for this wine came from two sites in the Awatere Valley and were machine-harvested at optimum ripeness to produce a medium-bodied wine with luscious tropical fruit, white peach, and a crisp green apple and lime finish. Taken from ... Learn More
  21. Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    A fairly vigorous fruit thinning was called for in 2019, with about 20% of the crop removed. The remaining fruit was picked early from Block 10 on the Napoleone vineyard, just before maturity. Pressed hard, then fermented warm on full solids in old ... Learn More
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  22. Gaslight Pinot Noir 2020
    Great Southern, with it's cooler climate is quickly becoming know for producing very high quality wines. This wine is sourced from one of the largest and most respected producers in the region, a Halliday Wine Companion 5 Star Winery to boot! ... Learn More
  23. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2019
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
  24. Tempest Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    The fruit sourced for this blend comes from a range of sites throughout Marlborough, harvested separately and treated individually at the winery before blending by taste to achieve the ideal fruit profile and balance. Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc matured in ... Learn More
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  25. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2019
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
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  26. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2017
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
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  27. 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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  28. Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly grown grass given complexity by river-stone and white ... Learn More
  29. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2020
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  30. Le Bon Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Le Bon is an exciting, new collaboration with Mandala Wines. These are delightfully young, vibrant and aromatic wines emphasising the unique varietal characters of the Yarra Valley in Victoria. Fresh cherry, rhubarb, plum and dried strawberry notes combine with hints ... Learn More
  31. Saint And Scholar Pinot Noir Rose 2019
    An intriguing wine, firstly boasting a pale salmon colour, closely mimicking the fine Rose wines made out of Provence, France. Like a kid in a candy shop, the Saint and Scholar Rose shows mouth-watering Strawberry and Creams, along with sweet ... Learn More
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  32. United Cellars Selection 'Rose By Tom Barry' 2018
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard in Kuitpo (sub region of Adelaide Hills) planted in 2002. Beautiful ... Learn More
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  33. Riposte 'The Dagger' Pinot Noir 2017
    Fruit is sourced from two great vineyard sites at Charleston and Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills. Displays all of the hallmark aromas, flavours and texture of Pinot Noir. Striking floral edges with cuts of bright red berries combine on the ... Learn More
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  34. Philip Shaw 'The Wire Walker' Pinot Noir 2019
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity ... Learn More
  35. Philip Shaw 'The Wire Walker' Pinot Noir 2018
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity ... Learn More
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  36. Earth Mother Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Made by amazing winemaker Tom Hutchinson, this Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly ... Learn More
  37. Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir 2020
    Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 when the D'Anna family decided to establish a vineyard on the property that has been in the family since 1960. The vineyard sits astride Gembrook road and adjacent Hoddles Creek. Strawberry and spice, almond, mint ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  38. Patritti Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    A vintage that will be remembered for its challenges but also for the quality of the wines that were produced. Crop levels were low, in some cases very low, as a result of extreme weather conditions early in the season. ... Learn More
  39. Nunc Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    This newly-minted Yarra Valley label is sourced and crafted by Arfion and Salo maestro Dave Mackintosh. The name is taken from the famous line by Latin poet Horace: “Nunc est bibendum” (“Now is the time for drinking”). And that's exactly ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  40. Pedestal Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Passionfruit, lime zest and cut grass with a lively acidity and long finish. ... Learn More
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