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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. BY FARR 'SANGREAL' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Sangreal is consistently made with 60 to 70 per cent whole bunch and aged in new oak. It is fermented in a five-tonne oak barrel with an open-top fermenter, and cold soaked for four days before a natural fermentation of seven to ... Learn More
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  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. 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
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  16. 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
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  17. 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
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  18. 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
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  19. BURN COTTAGE VALLI VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
    “From one of the most beautiful, biodynamic-farmed vineyards on earth,” - Mike Bennie The 2015 Burn Cottage Valli Vineyard wine displays layers of cherry, plum, liquorice, chocolate and dark savoury complexity. The palate has richness and succulence with a balanced delicate ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  20. BURN COTTAGE VALLI VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    “From one of the most beautiful, biodynamic-farmed vineyards on earth,” - Mike Bennie The 2017 Burn Cottage Valli Vineyard wine displays layers of cherry, plum, liquorice, chocolate and dark savoury complexity. The palate has richness and succulence with a balanced delicate ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  21. ESCARPMENT 'KUPE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    This is the thirteenth release from The Escarpment Vineyard’s close planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough. The vines which have grown this wine have been their pride and joy since being planted in 1999. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,600 ... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. HUBER ALTE REBEN PINOT NOIR 2013
    "This is an excellent little cru with grip and stimulating authenticity." Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate It has complex, deep aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and spice. The nose follows onto the palate with soft tannins, a frisky-elegant character ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
  26. FELTON ROAD 'CORNISH POINT' 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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  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. PIPERS BROOK 'NEW CERTAN' TASMANIAN PINOT NOIR 2017
    The New Certan Pinot Noir, with it's recognisable pale pink cap, is a play on Vieux Chateau Certan, on of the most expensive wines of Bordeaux in France. Owners of that estate also own this Tasmanian estate. It is careful ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  30. PYRAMID VALLEY ANGEL FLOWER PINOT NOIR 2014
    Hand destemmed, with a little bit of foot crushing. Warm and gentle spices on the nose: cassia bark, nutmeg, allspice, and a light dry lavender note. Also small red fruits – fresh currants, goji berry, dried cranberry – and cherries macerated in ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  31. YARRA YERING PINOT NOIR 2017
    Fruit for this wine was sourced exclusively from the Yarra Yering planting of Pinot Noir, containing some of the oldest vines of their type in the Yarra Valley. A mixed planting of 4 clones was undertaken in 1969, then followed up with ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  32. KELLEY FOX WINES 'MOMTAZI' 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. The Momtazi 2015 is a selection of ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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  33. BY FARR 'TOUT PRES' PINOT NOIR 2016
    Grown on a "very close" planted and now distinguished vineyard. "Integrated and intriguingly complex on the nose. Really want to dive in. Where the RP's pure fruit leads the way, Tout Près is a true bouquet - rose petals, ... Learn More
  34. BY FARR 'RP COTE' PINOT NOIR 2016
    The fruit is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, then fermented in an open-top fermenter. Between 40 to 50 per cent of the fruit will be stemmed and then cold soaked for four days. We use only the natural yeast for the ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  35. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN VIEILLES VIGNES 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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    Richard Hemming
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    Neil Martin
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    Allan Meadows
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  36. RIPPON 'EMMA'S BLOCK' PINOT NOIR 2015
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
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  37. RIPPON 'EMMA'S BLOCK' PINOT NOIR 2016
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
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  38. VOUETTE & SORBEE FIDELE CHAMPAGNE R12
    Gautherot's first cuvee is Fidele, a Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir). With red and blue fruit notes and a fresh, mineral close with a lick of crushed herbs and anise. Pulpy textured and juicy. Gautherot describes this as, "A dangerous ... Learn More
  39. FELTON ROAD 'BLOCK 3' 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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  40. RIPPON 'EMMA'S BLOCK' MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2013
    Limited release. Aromas of red currants, blueberries and blackberries. Hints of star anise and some peppery notes. The palate is medium-bodied with elegant fruit. There are some grainy tannins and refreshing acidity with a long finish. A unique parcel within ... Learn More
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