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. 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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  2. DALRYMPLE TASMANIAN PINOT NOIR 2017
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  3. JOSEF CHROMY PINOT NOIR 2018
    The previous vintage was awarded WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak ... Learn More
  4. JOSEF CHROMY PINOT NOIR 2017
    WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak and spice. Lifted bright, sweet ... Learn More
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  5. ASHTON HILLS PINOT NOIR 'PICCADILLY VALLEY' 2017
    The Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from the Ashton Hills vineyard, Grigg’s Cemetery Block and the Blefari Bickles Rd Vineyard Lovely nose displaying cherries & herbs. Hints of spice and violets add to the intriguing complexity. ... Learn More
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  6. ASHTON HILLS PINOT NOIR 'PICCADILLY VALLEY' 2018
    A highly anticipated, limited release chardonnay with only 200 dozen produced. The bouquet expresses yellow peach and lemon curd along with white flowers and Crème Brulee. Fresh ripe peaches and nectarines embrace the palate, as well as lemon peel, grilled ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  7. ONANNON MORNINGTON PENINSULA PINOT NOIR 2017
    Lovely perfume of cherries, wild strawberry and a note of pleasant earthiness. The palate has a richness and plushness which will delight. Wonderfully balanced, with a structure that will reward careful cellaring - although is drinking very well now. A ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  8. ONANNON MORNINGTON PENINSULA PINOT NOIR 2016
    “You would have to go a long way to find three more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited.” James Halliday Very light ruby. The nose is very “Mornington Peninsula MV6” cherry with a ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  9. MAUDE PINOT NOIR 2018
    Such a popular Pinot Noir every year, we often think it must be the best value you can find in Central Otago. Maude Pinot Noir 2016 is once again released early, a testament to its popularity, and is already drinking amazingly ... Learn More
    MAUDE PINOT NOIR 2018
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  10. 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
  11. NEVIS BLUFF PINOT NOIR 2015
    Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape to cultivate that grows best in cooler climates, hence the growing reputation for quality in the Central Otago region. Our terroir produces fruit that is intensely coloured and brimming with flavour. This fruit ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  12. DOG POINT PINOT NOIR 2016
    Dog Point Pinot Noir is one of the icons of Marlborough and for good reason. Winemakers Ivan and James first began their journey in the NZ wine game by starting globally-acclaimed winery Cloudy Bay. They are maestro’s at producing ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Huon Hooke
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  13. POOLEY PINOT NOIR 2017
    95 points - James Halliday Vibrant red cherry and strawberry aromas hit the nose with soft notes of savoury herbs. The palate carries the vibrancy of the nose, showing red and black cherry that subsides into an earthy spice. Supportive acid ... Learn More
    POOLEY PINOT NOIR 2017
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    James Halliday
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  14. 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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  15. ESCARPMENT MARTINBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2016
    "Winemaker Larry McKenna now has 30 years of experience with Martinborough Pinot Noir, and its on full display in this blend assembled from various plots around the village." Wine Enthusiast Wonderful aromatics with cherry and red currant aromas and some earthy ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Bob Campbell MW
  16. ASHTON HILLS ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2018
    Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. MAMMOTH UNTOUCHED PINOT NOIR 2015
    The first release of Untouched, a wine that has had no intervention except picking, pressing and bottling. Left to become wine with no additions. A vibrant nose with aromas of cherries, earth and florals. The nose transfers to the palate ... Learn More
  20. SALEM WINE CO. PINOT NOIR 2015
    A world class Pinot Noir from one of the most exciting regions for this variety. Concentrated and powerful, yet beautifully balanced. Fully Biodynamically produced. Classic raspberry, strawberry and earthy spice. The palate is focused, juicy and elegant with lovely fruit. ... Learn More
  21. KREGLINGER VINTAGE BRUT 2015
    The finest expression of Tasmanian sparkling from an exceptional year. A classical vintage brut of exquisite power and elegance. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and aged for many years in the bottle, bring complexity and richness to the ... Learn More
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  22. STEFANO LUBIANA 'ESTATE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Stefano Lubiana is one of the best producers in Tasmania at present, and this Pinot Noir proves why. "Complex nose brings together fresh red and black cherry, poached red fruit, cream, cinnamon and salumi. Lovely sweet Pinot fruit on entry ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Campbell Mattinson
  23. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2016
    Dark floral and spice scents lead to wonderful red and dark fruits, with a lovely seam of minerality supported by supple tannins. Purity, elegance combine with texture, concentration and length. A true reflection of the three Central Otago sub regions ... Learn More
  24. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2015
    Attractive florals and spice notes with layers of red and dark fruits balanced with a lovely minerality and fine supple tannins. A style that combines purity and elegance with texture, concentration and length. A true reflection of the three Central ... Learn More
  25. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET BOURGOGNE ROUGE 2017
    Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% Organic and Biodynamically farmed Domaine located in the very heart of Gevrey Chambertin. Very early to the Sustainable farming movement, all the family's vineyards, located in some of the most impressive vineyards in ... Learn More
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  26. BANNOCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2016
    Bannockburn's vision has always been to produce Australian wine of a quality to emulate the great wines of France, in particular the great Burgundies. The nose shows aromas of dark berry fruits, spice and oak. Spicy, savoury, cherry flavours and ... Learn More
  27. GARAGISTE TERRE DE FEU PINOT NOIR 2016
    Cropped from a specific 0.5-acre plot of the Merricks Grove vineyard, Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol in this part of the vineyard. Barney had noticed the vines in ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  28. BURN COTTAGE 'MOONLIGHT RACE' CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2016
    The wine shows enticing bright fruit notes with cherry, rosehip and spice box aromas, but there are also rich earth and dark savoury notes here. The palate is one of elegance, concentration and power, while supple, harmonious tannins give wonderful ... Learn More
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    Raymond Chan
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
  29. CHATTO 'WHITE LABEL' PINOT NOIR 2018
    With 25+ years of winemaking experience, Jim Chatto is also a senior wine show judge with over 20 years of experience across both regional, capital city shows and was the Chairman of Judges for the National Wine Show of Australia 2014-2016. In 1998 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  30. THIERRY GLANTENAY BOURGOGNE ROUGE 2017
    "The disarmingly modest Thierry Glantenay is emerging as one of the Côte de Beaune's most exciting producers of red wine." -William Kelley, The Wine Advocate Perhaps the Glantenays are not well known because not much was bottled and sold ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  31. APSLEY GORGE PINOT NOIR 2014
    This Pinot Noir has elegance, finesse and powerful fruit. Apsley Gorge's Pinots are known world wide as some of Australia's best. Fruit is very forward and has a richly structured palate with 35% new French oak tying the fruit, funky earthy ... Learn More
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  32. FELTON ROAD 'BANNOCKBURN' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Felton Road rank among the top 3 New Zealand producers, and in all honesty are usually number 1. In fact, they deserve a spot among the top New World producers, and this was proven when they were given the #12 spot in Wine ... Learn More
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  33. APSLEY GORGE PINOT NOIR 2015
    Tasmania's Apsley Gorge is a world apart. The location is unique, the vineyard snuggled as it is under the Douglas Apsley National Park at the northern end of the East Coast. It is a cool location, extending the ripening season ... Learn More
  34. DAVID MOREAU COTE DE BEAUNE VILLAGE PINOT NOIR 2017
    The wines from David Moreau are incredibly stylish and fine with glowing colour and gorgeous flavours. Aromas of cherry, strawberry and raspberry with some hints of floral, herb and spice. The palate shows excellent juiciness, but is also elegant. It ... Learn More
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  35. DOMAINE AF GROS BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE NUITS 2016
    There has been a sorting table at the family winery since 2008, after which the grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The grapes are given a short cool maceration, then fermented with more pumping over than punching down, with the juice ... Learn More
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  36. LA CREMA 'WILLAMETTE VALLEY' PINOT NOIR 2015
    A brilliant Oregonian Pinot with plush, round texture. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Bursting with ... Learn More
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  37. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2013
    Intriguing aromas of exotic spice, mocha and dried floral notes. A concentrated palate with layers of dark fruit supported by fine earthy tannins. A style that combines purity and elegance with texture, concentration and length A true reflection of the ... Learn More
  38. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2012
    Peregrine Wines have named themselves after the Peregrine Falcon, a rare bird of prey found in very small numbers in Otago where the winery is based. This superb Pinot Noir is hand-harvested, warm-fermented and matured on French oak barrels for 10 ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Robert Parker
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    United Cellars Tasting Panel
  39. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2011
    Sourced from a totally organically-farmed vineyard. This has the intensity and depth of flavour the Central Otago region is becoming renowned for. Mocha spice, blood plums and dark cherry aromas jump from the glass 5% whole bunches added to the ferment, ... Learn More
  40. 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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