Pinot Noir

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.
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  1. Gilbert Pinot Noir 2020
    "I would consider Simon to be in the limited number of the very top bracket of Australian winemakers with a perceptive and analytical palate to match his technical skills." - Brian Croser, Founder And Ex Chief Winemaker Of Petaluma. Founder, ... Learn More
  2. Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2019
    Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the ... Learn More
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    Wine Enthusiast
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  3. Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2018
    Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the ... Learn More
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    Wine Enthusiast
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  4. Rockburn Devil'S Staircase Pinot Noir 2019
    Devil’s Staircase wines are inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Sourced from several Central Otago vineyards, the Devil’s Staircase Pinot Noir has aromas of black Doris plums, blueberries ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  5. Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2020
    Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the ... Learn More
  6. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 375Ml
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 is sourced from the sub-regions of Sonoma including Russian River and Los Carneros. This wine has an enticing nose of red fruits, spice and rose petals and is backed by terrific depth of flavor ... Learn More
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    Wine Enthusiast
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  7. 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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  8. Domaine De La Metairie Pinot Noir 2017
    Very elegant organic Pinot Noir in the Burgundian style. Red fruits meet pretty rose aromas and hints of earthy spices. Full of freshness, elegance & finesse, this wine is long, balanced and exhibits real Pinot Noir typicity - red cherry fruit ... Learn More
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  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Secret Deal Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2018
    Another superb Pinot Noir from legendary maker Tim Knappstein, who is a master with this fickle variety. This is a reserve-grade wine made from the best parcels of fruit. Pale ruby. Redcurrant, Campari spice, liquorice and savoury oak. Firm yet ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    James Halliday
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  14. Red Claw 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
  15. Akarua Pinot Noir 'Rouge' 2020
    “An early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ageing and complex winemaking. We like to enjoy ... Learn More
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  16. Abbotts & Delaunay 'Domaine De La Metairie D’Alon' Pinot Noir 2018
    Very pale in colour with a mineral nose featuring aromas of flint, red fruit (blackcurrant, pomegranate), rose petal and grapefruit. Lively and fresh on the palate with a fruity finish and a refreshing hint of bitterness. Winemaking: Whole bunches fed ... 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. Akarua Pinot Noir 'Rouge' 2019
    “An early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ageing and complex winemaking. We like to enjoy ... Learn More
    Out of stock
  19. 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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  20. Yabby Lake Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020
    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
  21. Roche De Bellene 'Bellenos' Rouge 2018
    Nicholas Potel is a fabulous negociant winemaker that has made a name for producing Quality Burgundy at reasonable prices. Maison Roche de Bellene has created a range of “pleasure” wines: the Bellenos Collection. Due to their brand name, the wines ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  22. Coates Pinot Noir 2020
    FINALIST; Winemaker of the Year Finalist, 2022, Halliday Wine Companion, Coates The Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills is definitely something worth exploring. This Pinot Noir has been made using grapes sourced from the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills. A ... Learn More
    Coates Pinot Noir 2020
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir 2019 375ml
    Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith was established ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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    Jeremy Oliver
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    Huon Hooke
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  26. 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
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  27. 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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    Gary Walsh
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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
  31. Anthem Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
    Well balanced and aged Reserve Pinot Noir from Central Otago ... Learn More
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  32. 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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  33. 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
    Out of stock
  34. 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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  35. 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
    Out of stock
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
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  40. 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
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