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. Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 'Piccadilly Valley' 2019
    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
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  2. 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
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  3. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021
    Everything Giant Steps do is great and this Pinot is bang on the mark. 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 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  4. Onannon Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2018
    From three vineyards: Onannon’s original Red Hill site (23-year-old vines, MV6, 777) and a site in Shoreham (19-year-old vines, MV6) and a site in Merricks North (20 years old, MV6). About 5% new oak. 10% whole bunches. All the 777 and some of the ... Learn More
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  5. Wooing Tree The Blondie 2019
    This unique Blanc de Noir was made from 100% Pinot noir grapes, grown on our family owned vineyard. Ripe hand picked fruit and gentle winemaking have given a wonderfully balanced wine. The elegant champagne colour resulted from minimal skin contact prior ... Learn More
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  6. Maude Pinot Noir 2020
    Such a popular Pinot Noir every year, we often think it must be the best value you can find in Central Otago. The 2020 Maude is sourced from Central Otago’s premium sub regions, each contributing to this savoury, complex Pinot ... Learn More
  7. Escarpment NOIR Pinot Noir 2019
    The Noir label brings together 35 years of wine making experience in New Zealand, creating a soft, bright, fruit forward wine which can be enjoyed immediately or will cellar successfully for a number of years. 100% Martinborough hand-harvested fruit has been open-top-fermented. ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  8. Soumah 'Upper Nygumby Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    The Upper Ngumby vineyard near Yarra Glen enjoys warm days and cool nights, essential for premium Pinot Noir production. The MV6 and 115 clones produce a restrained style. Pale ruby. Red and blue fruit, crushed herbs and pot pourri. Light-bodied and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Nick Butler
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    Ralph Kyte-Powell
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  9. Soumah 'Hexham Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2020
    Pinot Noir is a very selective grape. It does not like the heat but does like the sun. It likes to be on well drained soils so not good on flat landscapes. It likes warm days but more important, cold ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Stuart Knox
  10. Pooley Pinot Noir 2020
    Fruit sourced from Butcher’s Hill, Cooinda Vale and select vineyards from the Coal River Valley. Perfumed notes of dark cherry, kirsch, forest fruits, and confected strawberry on the nose. On the palate, red fruits carry through with further notes ... Learn More
    Pooley Pinot Noir 2020
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  11. Ocean Eight Pinot Noir 2018
    Ocean Eight is one of the star wineries of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula; making tiny quantities of exceptional, hand-crafted wines. This 2018 Ocean Eight Pinot Noir is another fine example of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir offering excellent fruit weight and intensity. Lovely ... Learn More
  12. Maude Pinot Noir 2019
    Such a popular Pinot Noir every year, we often think it must be the best value you can find in Central Otago. The 2018 Maude is sourced from Central Otago’s premium sub regions, each contributing to this savoury, complex Pinot ... Learn More
    Maude Pinot Noir 2019
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  13. McWilliam's Single Vineyard Tumbarumba Pinot Noir 2018
    The Single Vineyard range is site specific, showcasing individual style and personality, delivering wines of terrific nuance and detail. The McWilliam’s winemaking team continually strive for quality, pushing the benchmark for Australian winemaking to new heights. This Pinot Noir ... Learn More
  14. 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. The 2018 Maude is sourced from Central Otago’s premium sub regions, each contributing to this savoury, complex Pinot ... Learn More
    Maude Pinot Noir 2018
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  15. Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir 2018
    A wonderful expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir. A luscious and fruit focussed Pinot Noir with great flavour and lovely soft tannin. The grapes for this wine was grown in the Bendigo (43%), Pisa (29%), and Gibbston (28%) sub-regions of Central Otago. The ... Learn More
  16. Picardy Pinot Noir 2018
    Excellent fruit intensity, structure, pH to acid relationship and fine-grained tannins guarantee long life and excellent bottle development. The wines are also very approachable in their early years. ... Learn More
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  17. Hurley Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Climatic conditions in vintage 2018, our eighteenth, were excellent from budburst to harvest. It must be rated among the best that the Mornington Peninsula generally and Hurley Vineyard particularly have experienced. It yielded a good quantity of high-quality fruit in all ... Learn More
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  18. Rockburn 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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    Cameron Douglas MS
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  19. Crittenden Kangerong Pinot Noir 2018
    Offering more fibrous density than the imminently quaffable estate Pinot, this equals the deliciousness quotient. - Ned Goodwin. Pretty floral notes accompany cherry and subtle spice. The palate shows black cherries, spice and a velvety texture with thoughtful oak handling. ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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  20. Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir 2019
    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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  21. Hurley Estate Pinot Noir 2019
    Rated among the best that the Mornington Peninsula and Hurley Vineyard have experienced. It yielded a good quantity of high-quality fruit in all three vineyards. The vines were aged nineteen years in Garamond and Hommage the Older, and eighteen years ... Learn More
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  22. Brown Magpie 'Single Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Another award winning Pinot Noir from boutique 5 star winery, Brown Magpie. WINNER; Best Geelong Pinot Noir, Real Review Panel 2020 A lifted bouquet of spicy, musk, cherries and raspberries. There are now some strong bottle development characters appearing of forest floor ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  23. 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
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  24. Dr Mayer Remstal Pinot Noir 2018
    Deep bright red , smokey, bright cherry and cranberry nose , hints of anis , mint and earth . Crunchy and bright on the palate with gorgeous , generous savoury strawberry fruit . Fine but mouthcoating tannins give the wine a long finish . Cool in style ... Learn More
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  25. 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
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  26. Alois Lagader Alto Adige Pinot Noir 2017
    The family winery Alois Lageder produces crisp and lively wines from Alto Adige. The winery is committed to biodynamic agriculture. Fine cool climate Pinot Noir with an emphasis on balancing clean elegance and structure rather than obvious overbearing fruit. Hints ... Learn More
  27. Bicknell FC 'Applecross' Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Made by Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the year 2017, Dave Bicknell. A showcase of highly detailed micro-selections from the most exceptional single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Oakridge are one of the most consistent producers in this fantastic cool-climate Victorian ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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    Nick Stock
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  28. Lethbridge 'Estate' Geelong Pinot Noir 2019
    Semi translucent dark red colour with black tinged edges and a crimson red hue. Fragrant aromatics of subtle violets, dark cherries and strawberries are overlaid by meaty characters, traces of anise and spicy toasted cedar. Forward and generous in style ... Learn More
  29. Dog Point Pinot Noir 2018
    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
  30. Chatto 'White Label' Pinot Noir 2020
    MADE BY JIM CHATTO; GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE: 2019 WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR. 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 ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  31. Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2019
    The wine opens with heady aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, violet and baking spice. Weighty and powerful, the palate offers flavours of morello cherry, cranberry and an earthy blood orange character. Underlying this is a tight line of very fine ... Learn More
  32. Lethbridge 'Estate' Geelong Pinot Noir 2018
    Semi translucent dark red colour with black tinged edges and a crimson red hue. Fragrant aromatics of subtle violets, dark cherries and strawberries are overlaid by meaty characters, traces of anise and spicy toasted cedar. Forward and generous in style ... Learn More
  33. Freeland Wines Pinot Noir 2009
    A light to medium-bodied Pinot Noir with ripe plum, raspberry and dark cherry flavours. Focused, fresh and soft-textured wine with an easy appeal. ... Learn More
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  34. Chatto 'White Label' Pinot Noir 2019
    MADE BY JIM CHATTO; GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE: 2019 WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR. 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 ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  35. Dog Point Pinot Noir 2017
    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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  36. Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    The wine opens with heady aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, violet and baking spice. Weighty and powerful, the palate offers flavours of morello cherry, cranberry and an earthy blood orange character. Underlying this is a tight line of very fine ... Learn More
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    Jeremy Oliver
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    Gary Walsh
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  37. 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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  38. Domaine Simha 'Nature' Pinot Noir 2021
    Pinot noir shaped by terroir and season. Sheer, elemental nature. A story of terroir; five clones from across a single Derwent Valley vineyard make this a complex, aromatic, spicy style. Raspberry, spice, bushland perfume, riberry, musk. Unbridled and fresh with ... Learn More
  39. Corryton Burge 'Cornelian Bay' Pinot Noir 2019
    This wine is a reminder of the special bond between the family and Tasmania. Cool climate Tasmanian Pinot with typical floral and red berry flavours. Sourced from the Coal River Valley region where the cool climate terrior produces classic and ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  40. Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir 2020
    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 Mornington, dangerously drinkable from start to finish. Expect a wonderfully graceful, succulent Pinot Noir packed ... Learn More
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