Pinot Noir, South Australia

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.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the countries vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
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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. 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
  3. 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
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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Secret Deal Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2018
    Another superb Pinot Noir from legendary maker Tim Knappstein, who is a master with this fickle variety. This is a reserve-grade wine made from the best parcels of fruit. Pale ruby. Redcurrant, Campari spice, liquorice and savoury oak. Firm yet ... Learn More
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  11. Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 'Piccadilly Valley' 2017
    The Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from the Ashton Hills vineyard, Grigg’s Cemetery Block and the Blefari Bickles Rd Vineyard Lovely nose displaying cherries & herbs. Hints of spice and violets add to the intriguing complexity. ... Learn More
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  12. Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 'Piccadilly Valley' 2019
    A highly anticipated, limited release chardonnay with only 200 dozen produced. The bouquet expresses yellow peach and lemon curd along with white flowers and Crème Brulee. Fresh ripe peaches and nectarines embrace the palate, as well as lemon peel, grilled ... Learn More
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  13. Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 'Piccadilly Valley' 2018
    A highly anticipated, limited release chardonnay with only 200 dozen produced. The bouquet expresses yellow peach and lemon curd along with white flowers and Crème Brulee. Fresh ripe peaches and nectarines embrace the palate, as well as lemon peel, grilled ... Learn More
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  14. Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir 2019
    Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith was established ... Learn More
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  15. Ashton Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since ... Learn More
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  16. Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2018
    2018 Foggy Hill Pinot Nor is a robust but refined expression of the unique Foggy Hill vineyard site The aroma is of ripe dark berry fruits and the faint spice of stalks. The oak provides a complexing but muted Chinese 5 spice ... Learn More
  17. Hillcrest Premium Pinot Noir 2016
    Hillcrest Vineyard is a micro-boutique maker of individual, classically styled wines. David and Tanya Bryant, look to the best producers from the famous French regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux as both their inspiration and benchmark. The great, old wines of ... Learn More
  18. Shaw And Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    The Lenswood Pinot Noir is the top red wine in the esteemed Shaw + Smith stable. Sourced from their higher-altitude single vineyard in the Lenswood sub-region of the Adelaide Hills, this wine presents a more focused and linear style of Pinot ... Learn More
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  19. Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
    Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since ... Learn More
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