Pinot Noir, Victoria

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.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grape vines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for their outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia's most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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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    Gary Walsh
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. The nose shows florals of rose petal with dark cherry and some earthy aromas. A seductive, complex palate with fleshy fruit, savoury notes and silky tannins to frame. ... Learn More
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Yabby Lake Red Claw Mornington Peninsula 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
  13. 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
  14. Punt Road Pinot Noir 2019
    A fruit driven style of Pinot with fragrant strawberry aromas and sweet berry flavours. Moderate acidity and feathery tannins frame an elegant palate of ripe cherry with a touch of earthiness. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  15. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    Our philosophy towards pinot is to look after the detail, keep it simple and respect the fruit. The onus is on fruit quality and balance and not on winemaking solutions or corrections. For us winemaking is an extension of the ... Learn More
  16. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Our philosophy towards pinot is to look after the detail, keep it simple and respect the fruit. The onus is on fruit quality and balance and not on winemaking solutions or corrections. For us winemaking is an extension of the ... Learn More
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  17. 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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  18. Bannockburn 1314 A.D. Pinot Noir 2019
    For those new to the story, the 1314 is an early-drinking version of Pinot from Bannockburn's Ann's Block--a site that also feeds Bannockburn's Pinot Noir proper. Dark cherry fruit flavours on the medium bodied palate. A vibrant punchy texture with subtle, ... Learn More
  19. Provenance Geelong Golden Plains Pinot Noir 2018
    2019 Best Value Winery of the Year: James Halliday's Wine Companion, 94 points. "'Scott Ireland is the man behind Provenance, a wine brand based in southern Victoria’s Geelong. Ireland was the winemaker at prominent Geelong district winery, Austin’s of Barrabool, ... Learn More
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    Tyson Stelzer
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  20. Bannockburn 1314 A.D. Pinot Noir 2018
    For those new to the story, the 1314 is an early-drinking version of Pinot from Bannockburn's Ann's Block--a site that also feeds Bannockburn's Pinot Noir proper. Dark cherry fruit flavours on the medium bodied palate. A vibrant punchy texture with subtle, ... Learn More
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  21. 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
  22. Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir 2018
    Caledonia Australis was the vision of a group of wine enthusiasts in the early 1990's to create quality Burgundian style wine. The Australis is the finest expression of their Pinot Noir and ably reaches their lofty goal. The bouquet is ... Learn More
  23. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. The nose shows florals of rose petal with dark cherry and some earthy aromas. A seductive, complex palate with fleshy fruit, savoury notes and silky tannins to frame. ... Learn More
  24. 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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  25. Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Bright ruby red appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Lovely nose, highly perfumed wine with red cherry, five spice savoury and floral notes dominating the aromas. The palate has a core of red fruit flavours around a backbone of natural ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  26. Thousand Candles 'Gathering Field' Pinot Noir 2018
    We've been watching this vineyard for the last few years and have always been convinced that amazing wine was going to come from this place. The property had great potential - this is now being realised by the work Stuart ... Learn More
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  27. Journey Wines Pinot Noir 2018
    Found in nearly every hatted restaurant in Australia, this is the perfect food wine. The nose shows gorgeous Pinot lift, red berry aromas bursting from the glass. Red cherry and cranberry aromas are complemented by subtle spiciness and oak. The ... Learn More
  28. Oakridge Local Vineyard Series 'Willowlake' Pinot Noir 2018
    The Yarra Valley has three distinct geographic zones or sub-regions -lower warmer, middle cool and higher cooler sub-regions. We have matched particular varieties with the specific sites to give you outstanding examples of single vineyard wines. Orange rind, stewed cherries, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
  29. Oakridge Local Vineyard Series 'Willowlake' Pinot Noir 2017
    The Yarra Valley has three distinct geographic zones or sub-regions -lower warmer, middle cool and higher cooler sub-regions. We have matched particular varieties with the specific sites to give you outstanding examples of single vineyard wines. Orange rind, stewed cherries, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
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  30. Mayer ‘Bloody Hill’ Pinot Noir 2018
    Bloody Hill Pinot Noir is Timo’s gentler version of the variety. The fruit from this maddening slope in the Yarra Valley is fully destemmed, naturally fermented and aged in oak for only three months. Juicy and free flowing as ... Learn More
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  31. Bream Creek Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2019
    As one of Tasmania's oldest vineyards, Bream Creek has a long established reputation as one of Australia's leading Pinot Noir makers. Made in Bream Creek's traditional bold style, the 2019 Bream Creek Pinot Noir is another impressive Tasmanian Pinot Noir. This ... Learn More
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. Brown Magpie 'Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Another award winning Pinot Noir from boutique 5 star winery, Brown Magpie. WINNER; Best Geelong Pinot Noir, Real Review Panel 2020 A lifted bouquet of spicy, musk, cherries and raspberries. There are now some strong bottle development characters appearing of forest floor ... Learn More
  35. 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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  36. 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
  37. Lethbridge 'Estate' Geelong Pinot Noir 2018
    Semi translucent dark red colour with black tinged edges and a crimson red hue. Fragrant aromatics of subtle violets, dark cherries and strawberries are overlaid by meaty characters, traces of anise and spicy toasted cedar. Forward and generous in style ... Learn More
  38. 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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  39. Farr Rising Pinot Noir 2017
    The fruit is hand harvested, and then sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is fermented in an open-top fermenter, and an average 60 to 70 per cent of it is destemmed. The wine is placed in 20 to 30 per cent new Allier barrels ... Learn More
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  40. Farr Rising Pinot Noir 2019
    The fruit is hand harvested, and then sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is fermented in an open-top fermenter, and an average 60 to 70 per cent of it is destemmed. The wine is placed in 20 to 30 per cent new Allier barrels ... Learn More
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