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 2021
    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 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2021
    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
  7. 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
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  8. 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
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  9. 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
  10. 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
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  11. Best's Great Western Pinot Noir 2020
    This vibrant and youthful wine is great to enjoy now with food, but will soften and gain complexity over the next 5- 10 years. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Punt Road Pinot Noir 2021
    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
  15. Punt Road Pinot Noir 2020
    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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  16. 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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  17. 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
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  18. 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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  19. Helen's Hill Long Walk Pinot Noir 2020
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Distinctly Yarra Valley, it’s earthy, it’s gamey, it's the 2020 Long Walk Pinot Noir. One of wineries the finest achievements is that ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Stuart Knox
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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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  23. 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
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  24. 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
  25. 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
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Oakridge Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Crimson Red in colour with a maroon hue. A sophisticated mix of fruit and spice aroma’s on the nose. With crushed strawberry, red cherry and pomegranate, element of spice and a touch of earth from the whole bunch inclusion ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
  29. 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
  30. ShadowFax Mondeuse Noir 2019
    Beautiful light-bodied red. Floral, spicy pleasant sweet greenery of whole bunch, raspberry and red cherry. It’s earthy and lightly chalky, wonderful spread of pumice tannin, precise crunch and succulence all at once. The finish is all charm, length, root ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  31. 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
    Out of stock
  32. 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
  33. 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
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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021
    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
  37. Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2020
    Established in 1998, Shadowfax is a boutique winery located just 30 minutes from Melbourne, in the heart of Werribee Park. Dedicated to creating high quality and handcrafted wines, our renowned varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Shiraz as well ... Learn More
  38. Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    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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  39. 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
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  40. 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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