Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley

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 Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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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. 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
  6. 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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  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
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  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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
  13. 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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    Campbell Mattinson
  14. 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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  15. 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
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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
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  20. 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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  21. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    Everything Giant Steps do is great and this Pinot is bang on the mark. 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 ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
  22. Soumah 'Upper Nygumby Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    The Upper Ngumby vineyard near Yarra Glen enjoys warm days and cool nights, essential for premium Pinot Noir production. The MV6 and 115 clones produce a restrained style. Pale ruby. Red and blue fruit, crushed herbs and pot pourri. Light-bodied and ... Learn More
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    Nick Butler
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    Ralph Kyte-Powell
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  23. Soumah 'Hexham Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2020
    Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but does like the sun. It likes to be on well drained soils so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more important, cold ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Stuart Knox
  24. Bicknell FC 'Applecross' Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Made by Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the year 2017, Dave Bicknell. A showcase of highly detailed micro-selections from the most exceptional single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Oakridge are one of the most consistent producers in this fantastic cool-climate Victorian ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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    Nick Stock
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  25. Denton Pinot Noir 2019
    Made by star winemaker Luke Lambert. The Denton Pinot Noir block sits at the very top of our North Eastern slope, and sees the softest morning light and is shielded from the hot afternoon sun. The planting density here is 1.3 ... Learn More
    Denton Pinot Noir 2019
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  26. Helen's Hill Range View Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. 100% D4V5 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir. The Rangeview Pinot Noir is powerful with all the dark fruits and structure required to lift it ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
  27. Helen's Hill First Light Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Made entirely from the MV6 clone, the First Light Reserve Pinot Noir truly reflects the unique characteristics of Australia’s very own Pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  28. Helen's Hill First Light Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Made entirely from the MV6 clone, the First Light Reserve Pinot Noir truly reflects the unique characteristics of Australia’s very own Pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
  29. Mayer ‘The Doctor’ Pinot Noir 2018
    Very complex, orange peel and herbal raspberry fruit, licorice and hints of fennel. Dense and seamless but also juicy and tight, conveying an impression of power . Intense and long finish , surprisingly ready to drink, but will cellar very well. 2018 was ... Learn More
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  30. Mayer ‘Close Planted’ Pinot Noir 2018
    Very sweet seductive nose with mineral-driven aromas of raspberry and raspberry leaf. Savoury forest fruit on the palate, medium bodied and multi layered . Very stylish, finishing with great length and soft acidity. Vines are planted in the traditional Burgundian layout. 10,000 ... Learn More
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  31. Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2018 375ml
    The grapes were hand-picked and chilled overnight. Processing the following day along a fruit sorting table and destemmed gently into our signature “tea-chest” small fermenters. Some whole bunches were added to contribute subtle stalk structure and a generous fruit profile. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  32. Giant Steps 'Applejack Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    WINNER; GOLD MEDAL, Yarra Valley Wine Show 2019 Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is close planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate. 5 ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  33. Giant Steps 'Applejack Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is close planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate. 5-Star rated Giant Steps of the Yarra ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Mike Bennie
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  34. Giant Steps 'Sexton Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    The single vinyard wine from Giant StepS have been produced in small quantities. ... Learn More
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  35. Giant Steps 'Wombat Creek Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    from the cool climate of Yarra Valley. ... Learn More
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  36. D.M.L. Vin Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    The 2nd vintage of this release, a collaborative project between the D'Anna family (Hoddles Creek), Sam Middleton (Mount Mary) & AFL great, Jordan Lewis. A top-flight Pinot Noir from a single site in Mornington Peninsula. With the minds behind Hoddles Creek ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  37. Giant Steps 'Wombat Creek Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2017
    2017 was a textbook year for the cool climate wines of Yarra Valley. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  38. Giant Steps 'Sexton Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2017
    The single vinyard wines from Giant Step have been produced in smaller quantities in 2017. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  39. Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Pinot Noir 2020
    Now firmly ensconced as one of the Yarra Valley's most collectable Pinot Noirs, the 1er from Hoddles Creek never disappoints. This immaculate vineyard in the Upper Yarra produces some of the region's finest fruit, though in 2020 the incredibly low yields ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  40. Giant Steps Primavera Pinot Noir 2020
    The single vinyard wine from Giant Steps have been produced in small quantities. Primavera is an outlier in the Giant Steps Single Vineyard series. This vineyard sits on red clay in the Upper Yarra, oddly a site that excels in ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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