Pinot Noir, Tasmania

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.
Apart from being the most southerly wine region in Australia, Tasmania has among the coolest growing subregions with the potential to make distinctly different wines than in the rest of the country.

Most well known for cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (thus sparkling too), Sauvignon Blanc smaller plantings of Riesling, Cabernet and Pinot Gris (more commonly Pinot labelled Pinot Grigio)

Historically, Tasmania can lay claim to being the founder of both the Victorian and South Australian wine industries as William Henty sailed from Launceston to Portland (in Victoria) in 1834 and planted grape cuttings there. Though not conclusively proven, it's believed that John Hack planted vines in South Australia in 1837, closely followed in 1838 by John Reynell.

Warmer vintages (possibly attributable to global warming) has had positive effects on region's industry, allowing grapes in recent vintages to achieve full phenolic ripeness, making for vibrant wines that have been widely accepted as world class.
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  1. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2020
    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
  2. 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
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  3. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as a slightly more ... Learn More
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  4. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as a slightly more ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  5. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are a slightly more ... Learn More
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  6. Stoney Rise Pinot Noir 2020
    Joe Holyman is one of the leading lights of Tasmanian wine. His Stoney Rise Pinot Noir always massively over-delivers, and this is no exception. With a wealth of experience from across the global wine scene, Joe along with his wife ... Learn More
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  7. Stoney Rise No Clothes No S02 Pinot Noir 2020
    Joe Holyman is one of the leading lights of Tasmanian wine. The No Clothes, No SO2, no fining, no filtration, no preservatives is no drama and fun, all the way. Fresh strawberries and cream on the nose. The palate is ... Learn More
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  8. Priory Ridge Pinot Noir 2018
    Whether it's the granite soils or the sort of first-vintage phenomenon we've often seen before in Tasmanian pinots, this is distinctly different to the bigger, riper East Coast style. Tight and textured with sour cherry plum and savoury peppery notes ... Learn More
  9. Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2020
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
  10. Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2019
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
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  11. Dalrymple Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2018
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
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  12. Two Tonne Tasmania TMV Pinot Noir 2020
    This wine is from Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. Beginning just south of Launceston the valley winds 50km north to its meeting point with the powerful Bass Strait. Light, fresh, ethereal Pinot Noir, built on a base of fine emery board ... Learn More
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  13. The Other Wine Co. Tasmania Pinot Noir 2019
    Vintage circumstances in 2019 presented the crew behind The Other Wine Co. the unmissable opportunity to produce a Pinot Noir, made from declassified fruit off the excellent Tolpuddle Vineyard. Vinified at Shaw + Smith, with all the usual care and attention to ... Learn More
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  14. Stefano Lubiana 'Primavera' Pinot Noir 2020
    Fruit sourced from Derwent valley 65% and 35% Huon Valley. The geology is a mix of two terroirs, grey gravelly loams over clay and red loam over gravel. The Vineyard management is Biodynamic in conversion. Wine notes: On the nose the wine ... Learn More
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  15. Stefano Lubiana 'Primavera' Pinot Noir 2019
    Fruit sourced from Derwent valley 65% and 35% Huon Valley. The geology is a mix of two terroirs, grey gravelly loams over clay and red loam over gravel. The Vineyard management is Biodynamic in conversion. Wine notes: On the nose the wine ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  16. Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2019
    The previous vintage was awarded WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak ... Learn More
  17. Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2018
    The previous vintage was awarded WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak ... Learn More
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  18. Pooley Pinot Noir 2020
    Fruit sourced from Butcher’s Hill, Cooinda Vale and select vineyards from the Coal River Valley. Perfumed notes of dark cherry, kirsch, forest fruits, and confected strawberry on the nose. On the palate, red fruits carry through with further notes ... Learn More
    Pooley Pinot Noir 2020
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  19. Chatto 'White Label' Pinot Noir 2020
    MADE BY JIM CHATTO; GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE: 2019 WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR. With 25+ years of winemaking experience, Jim Chatto is also a senior wine show judge with over 20 years of experience across both regional, capital city shows and was the Chairman ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  20. Chatto 'White Label' Pinot Noir 2019
    MADE BY JIM CHATTO; GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE: 2019 WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR. With 25+ years of winemaking experience, Jim Chatto is also a senior wine show judge with over 20 years of experience across both regional, capital city shows and was the Chairman ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  21. Domaine Simha 'Nature' Pinot Noir 2021
    Pinot noir shaped by terroir and season. Sheer, elemental nature. A story of terroir; five clones from across a single Derwent Valley vineyard make this a complex, aromatic, spicy style. Raspberry, spice, bushland perfume, riberry, musk. Unbridled and fresh with ... Learn More
  22. Corryton Burge 'Cornelian Bay' Pinot Noir 2019
    This wine is a reminder of the special bond between the family and Tasmania. Cool climate Tasmanian Pinot with typical floral and red berry flavours. Sourced from the Coal River Valley region where the cool climate terrior produces classic and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  23. Domaine Simha 'Nature' Pinot Noir 2020
    Pinot noir shaped by terroir and season. Sheer, elemental nature. A story of terroir; five clones from across a single Derwent Valley vineyard make this a complex, aromatic, spicy style. Raspberry, spice, bushland perfume, riberry, musk. Unbridled and fresh with ... Learn More
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  24. Small Island Saltwater Pinot Noir 2018
    Single Site Pinot from Saltwater River on the Tasman Peninsula. Layers of crunchy stems and herbal notes surround the cherry fruit tones. Unfiltered with minimal sulpher. The Small Island 'black label' Pinot is a blend of Glengarry (Tamar) and Saltwater ... Learn More
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  25. Small Island Saltwater Pinot Noir 2019
    Single Site Pinot from Saltwater River on the Tasman Peninsula. Layers of crunchy stems and herbal notes surround the cherry fruit tones. Unfiltered with minimal sulpher. The Small Island 'black label' Pinot is a blend of Glengarry (Tamar) and Saltwater ... Learn More
  26. Small Island Glengarry Pinot Noir 2018
    James Halliday: "It's a wild ride in a good way. This really is quite wonderfully complex. It tastes of forest berries and undergrowth, beetroot and sweet autumn leaves, cranberry and woodsy, smoky spice. It's well weighted without being overblown, strung ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  27. Small Island Glengarry Pinot Noir 2019
    Campbell Mattinson: "Woodsmoke and undergrowth, red and black cherry, velvety texture but with a bit of grunt and grain in behind. The strings are pulled tight but it’s still juicy and generous. Yes. This is excellent." The Small Island ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  28. Small Island Black Label Pinot Noir 2020
    The Small Island Wines are making plenty of noise with only a small range. Complex, rounded and very smooth, everything you could want from a Pinot Noir. Dark cherries, cured meat and a dash of oak, this wine has a ... Learn More
  29. Home Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2020
    This wine exhibits all the hall marks of its cool climate origin. Deep dark ruby in colour, with aromas of mushroom, forest floor, black forest cake and petrichor(scent of rain). Picked 22nd April 2020 the wine is very concentrated with ... Learn More
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  30. Stoney Rise Holyman Pinot Noir 2018
    It’s carrying a fair bit of high quality toasty clove spice oak as at now, but it’s perfumed, spicy and earthy, with cherry and boysenberry fruit of purity and clarity. - Gary Walsh Joe Holyman has been described ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  31. Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir 2017
    Sailor Seeks Horse is one of the Apple Isle's most exciting new producers. It's a husband and wife team behind the scenes, Paul the viticulturalist and Gilli the winemaker. The Lipscombes produce exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay off their estate ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  32. Kreglinger Vintage Brut 2015
    The finest expression of Tasmanian sparkling from an exceptional year. A classical vintage brut of exquisite power and elegance. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and aged for many years in the bottle, bring complexity and richness to the ... Learn More
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  33. Holm Oak The Wizard Pinot Noir 2019
    Wild-yeast fermented in small open top fermenters, 10 months ageing in French oak, 25% new. Shows typically cool climate pinot characters of sappy spice and twiggy undergrowth but it has a sense of ripeness as well. The cherry flavours are towards being ... Learn More
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  34. Holm Oak The Wizard Pinot Noir 2018
    Wild-yeast fermented in small open top fermenters, 10 months ageing in French oak, 25% new. Shows typically cool climate pinot characters of sappy spice and twiggy undergrowth but it has a sense of ripeness as well. The cherry flavours are towards being ... Learn More
  35. Stefano Lubiana Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Stefano Lubiana’s highly-sought after wines are the result of a passionate quest for perfection, detail and uniqueness. Ample tannin and acidity as well as fruit density to last the distance. Densely packed layers of red berries and spice on ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  36. Chatto 'White Label' Pinot Noir 2018
    With 25+ years of winemaking experience, Jim Chatto is also a senior wine show judge with over 20 years of experience across both regional, capital city shows and was the Chairman of Judges for the National Wine Show of Australia 2014-2016. In 1998 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  37. Domaine Simha 'Lionheart' Tasmanian Amphora Pinot Noir 2019
    Living wine relying on ancient knowledge and intuition. Energetic wine of expressive character and lo-fi technique. Domaine Simha Amphorae wines are crafted in white clay fermentation vessels. Derived from the cosmic golden ratio, the ovoid shape promotes a gentle passive ... Learn More
  38. Domaine Simha 'Lionheart' Tasmanian Amphora Pinot Noir 2018
    Living wine relying on ancient knowledge and intuition. Energetic wine of expressive character and lo-fi technique. Domaine Simha Amphorae wines are crafted in white clay fermentation vessels. Derived from the cosmic golden ratio, the ovoid shape promotes a gentle passive ... Learn More
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  39. Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir 2014
    This Pinot Noir has elegance, finesse and powerful fruit. Apsley Gorge's Pinots are known world wide as some of Australia's best. Fruit is very forward and has a richly structured palate with 35% new French oak tying the fruit, funky earthy ... Learn More
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  40. Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir 2015
    Tasmania's Apsley Gorge is a world apart. The location is unique, the vineyard snuggled as it is under the Douglas Apsley National Park at the northern end of the East Coast. It is a cool location, extending the ripening season ... Learn More
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