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. 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
  2. TYRRELL'S VAT 6 PINOT NOIR 2017
    First made in 1976, this wine took the world by storm, being included in the 'World's best dozen' at the Paris wine awards. Only made in years where the Pinot Noir is of high enough quality, this is an extremely rare ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  3. 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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  4. 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
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2014
    Silky and elegant with dark red cherry, spice and blackcurrant. A style that combines purity and elegance with texture, concentration and length. A true reflection of the three Central Otago sub regions that contribute to this Pinot Noir. 100% hand harvested ... Learn More
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  10. 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
  11. 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
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  12. 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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  13. VALLI WAITAKI VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  14. VALLI GIBBSTON VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  15. VALLI BENDIGO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  16. VALLI BANNOCKBURN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  17. ESCARPMENT 'TE REHUA' PINOT NOIR 2017
    This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from vines 25 years old. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Raymond Chan
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  18. ESCARPMENT 'KIWA' PINOT NOIR 2017
    This wine was grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Road, Martinborough from 30 year old vines. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of Clones UCD 5 and 6 always rewards us with savoury, ... Learn More
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    Raymond Chan
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  19. LA CREMA 'RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY' PINOT NOIR 2016
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. 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. Well-structured and ... Learn More
  20. THIBAULT LIGER-BELAIR BOURGOGNE LES GRANDS CHAILLOTS 2017
    Since vintage 2010, this cuvée is an assemblage of different terroirs located in the Côte d'Or - 1/3 comes from the vineyards of an estate in the Burgundy appellation located in the commune of Nuits-Saint Georges on argilo-silty soil - 2/3 ... Learn More
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  21. BY FARR 'FARRSIDE' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Voted #1 out of 23 PInot NOirs from Geelong by critic Huon Hooke. Farrside, with each vintage continues to show more masculinity, structure and savoury components than the other two Pinots. Deep meaty, spicy and mineral are the flavours which continue to ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  22. BY FARR 'SANGREAL' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for this wine: seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and moreish. It is a site that wavers very little in more difficult vintages and excels in the great ones—this is the backbone ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  23. BY FARR 'FARRSIDE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Farrside, with each vintage continues to show more masculinity, structure and savoury components than the other two Pinots. Deep meaty, spicy and mineral are the flavours which continue to evolve Farrside as a site and wine. A balanced array of ... Learn More
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  24. DOMAINE SIMHA 'RAMA' TASMANIAN PINOT NOIR 2018
    Adventurous Pinot Noir shaped by terroir and season. Whole bunch wild ferment with gentle pigeage Matured 12 months en seasoned demi-muid. Basket pressed, bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance Enchanted forest Plum blossom, tuberose, ylang ylang cherry, wild mushroom, ... Learn More
  25. DOMAINE SIMHA 'RAMA' TASMANIAN PINOT NOIR 2017
    Adventurous Pinot Noir shaped by terroir and season. Whole bunch wild ferment with gentle pigeage Matured 12 months en seasoned demi-muid. Basket pressed, bottled unfined and unfiltered with perfect natural balance Enchanted forest Plum blossom, tuberose, ylang ylang cherry, wild mushroom, ... Learn More
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  26. 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
  27. 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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  28. TOLPUDDLE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2018
    This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir style: intensely aromatic, medium bodied with savoury spice notes, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and ripe tannins. Tolpuddle Vineyard is an outstanding site within the Coal River ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  29. ASHTON HILLS RESERVE 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's Wine Companion
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  30. KELLEY FOX WINES 'MIRABAI' PINOT NOIR 2015
    Our Wine Buyer, Mark Faber had the great pleaure of doing vintage with Kelley for the 2018 harvest, and was blown away by the quality of fruit and the pure, pristine flavour of her wines. Vibrant, mineral-accented strawberry and blood orange ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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    Mike Bennie
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  31. 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
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  32. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE 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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  33. FELTON ROAD CALVERT PINOT NOIR 2017
    Felton Road farms four properties totaling 32 ha in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. Calvert Vineyard is located on Felton Road and is just 1km east of The Elms Vineyard and the winery. ... Learn More
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  34. RIPPON 'RIPPON' MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2016
    Very pretty cherry and vanilla notes with savoury cured meats, nutty oak and gentle rose florals. Packed with juicy fruit flavours, fine grained tannins and a slate driven minerality. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 16 months on ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  35. ESCARPMENT 'KUPE' PINOT NOIR 2011
    Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques the wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on its release in 2012. Over the ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson
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  36. BASS PHILLIP ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2017
    Phillip Jones consistently produces Pinot Noir of exceptional quality. Redcurrants, charcuterie and undergrowth notes - complex and extraordinarily pretty. "Firm tannin helps add some grunt; spiced cherries add another element; stewed rhubarb adds to the bass. Chockablock with interest." - ... Learn More
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  37. ATA RANGI PINOT NOIR 2016
    The highly sought-after Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly one of the great new world Pinots to rival top Burgundy with only limited stock available. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a deep, dense core of well-ripened dark-red cherry and ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  38. BANNOCKBURN 'SERRE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    This Serré is exceptional for its deep colour, real palate weight and structure The nose is rich in the classic sappy, meaty, licoricey and spicy personality. The layered fruit is impressively sweet, textured and balanced. Bannockburn's Serré vineyard was planted ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  39. ATA RANGI PINOT NOIR 2017
    The highly sought-after Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly one of the great new world Pinot Noirs, often considered a rival to top Burgundy with only limited stock available every vintage. To prove this, winemaker Helen Masters was recently awarded ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Gary Walsh
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  40. BANNOCKBURN 'SERRE' PINOT NOIR 2013
    This Serré is exceptional for its deep colour, real palate weight and structure The nose is rich in the classic sappy, meaty, licoricey and spicy personality. The layered fruit is impressively sweet, textured and balanced. Bannockburn's Serré vineyard was planted ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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