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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. GIANT STEPS 'APPLEJACK VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 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-Star rated Giant Steps of the Yarra ... Learn More
  15. 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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  16. GIANT STEPS 'SEXTON VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2019
    The single vinyard wine from Giant StepS have been produced in small quantities. ... Learn More
  17. GIANT STEPS 'WOMBAT CREEK VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2018
    from the cool climate of Yarra Valley. ... Learn More
  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. OAKRIDGE 864 'HAZELDENE BLOCK 1' PINOT NOIR 2016
    All grapes hand harvested and sorted prior to destemming 100% of the berries into an open fermenter. Fermentation proceeded naturally and lasted 19 days prior to pressing to a mixture of French oak barrels, of which 15% were new. Wine remained on its ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  22. PUNCH ‘CLOSE PLANTED’ PINOT NOIR 2013
    97 points, James Halliday - "Light, but bright hue; a highly scented and spicy bouquet, red fruits coming through strongly on the fine, elegantly structured palate, red cherry to the fore, the tannins gossamer-fine; literally caresses the mouth." Grown on a ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
  23. WANTIRNA ESTATE LILY PINOT NOIR 2018
    2018 was a bit kinder to us in terms of Pinot Noir quantity. Our low-yielding front block managed to produce a few more bunches than in years past, as did the fruittree block. But it was the mature vines – our unknown ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  24. YERINGBERG PINOT NOIR 2017
    We suppose it’s just the way with old farms. On the face of it, a calm timelessness. Behind that, industriousness and constant renewal through breeding seasons and growth cycles. So it goes with Yeringberg. After more than 150 years, the ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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