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. Chard Farm 'Mata Au' Pinot Noir 2018
    Floral and herbal is the first impression in the glass before an alluring perfume of aromatic red berry fruit and mineral undertones develops. There is a generous palate of fine tannins, and the pure red fruit and savory notes are ... Learn More
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  2. 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
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Bourgogne Rouge 2018
    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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    Jancis Robinson
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    Vinous
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    Allan Meadows
  6. Giant Steps 'Applejack Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    WINNER; GOLD MEDAL, Yarra Valley Wine Show 2019 Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is close planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate. 5 ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  7. Giant Steps 'Applejack Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is close planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate. 5-Star rated Giant Steps of the Yarra ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Mike Bennie
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  8. Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2018
    2018 Foggy Hill Pinot Nor is a robust but refined expression of the unique Foggy Hill vineyard site The aroma is of ripe dark berry fruits and the faint spice of stalks. The oak provides a complexing but muted Chinese 5 spice ... Learn More
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  9. Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2018
    Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the first five wine makers to venture into Marlborough. It has a seriously enticing Pinot nose of strawberries, earthy mushrooms and smoky spice. The palate is soft, delicious and integrated with red berry ... Learn More
  10. 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
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  11. Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2019
    The flagship from Two Paddocks – an organically grown barrel selection from the estate properties. In 2019 this wine was produced from the four Neill family Central Otago vineyards. These small sites are high-density planted in a range of clonal material cropped ... Learn More
  12. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
  13. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
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  14. Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017
    Bob Campbell: "A robust and slightly rustic wine that's a pleasure to taste" Variable conditions over flowering resulted in a moderate fruit set. The subsequent warm summer then allowed the grapes to ripen beautifully. Naturally smaller berry size and loose ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Cameron Douglas MS
  15. Giant Steps 'Wombat Creek Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2020
    Wombat Creek Vineyard is the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley, making it an ideal location for the production of extreme cool climate wines. The vineyard was originally planted in 1988 with the intention of producing base wine for sparkling ... Learn More
  16. Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir 2018
    Stelvin. De La Terre is a beautiful, sloping vineyard that was planted in 2007 to 10,000 vines per hectare. This density is still very rare in an Australian setting, and results in a natural yield of around 500 grams per vine or less ( ... Learn More
  17. Giant Steps 'Sexton Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    The single vinyard wine from Giant StepS have been produced in small quantities. ... Learn More
  18. Giant Steps 'Wombat Creek Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    from the cool climate of Yarra Valley. ... Learn More
  19. D.M.L. Vin Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    The 2nd vintage of this release, a collaborative project between the D'Anna family (Hoddles Creek), Sam Middleton (Mount Mary) & AFL great, Jordan Lewis. A top-flight Pinot Noir from a single site in Mornington Peninsula. With the minds behind Hoddles Creek ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  20. D.M.L. Vin Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2019
    The 2nd vintage of this release, a collaborative project between the D'Anna family (Hoddles Creek), Sam Middleton (Mount Mary) & AFL great, Jordan Lewis. A top-flight Pinot Noir from a single site in Mornington Peninsula. With the minds behind Hoddles Creek ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  21. Bannockburn Geelong Pinot Noir 2017
    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
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    Tyson Stelzer
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  22. 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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  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. Giant Steps 'Wombat Creek Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2017
    2017 was a textbook year for the cool climate wines of Yarra Valley. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  26. Giant Steps 'Sexton Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2017
    The single vinyard wines from Giant Step have been produced in smaller quantities in 2017. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  27. 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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  28. Holm Oak The Wizard Pinot Noir 2018
    Wild-yeast fermented in small open top fermenters, 10 months ageing in French oak, 25% new. Shows typically cool climate pinot characters of sappy spice and twiggy undergrowth but it has a sense of ripeness as well. The cherry flavours are towards being ... Learn More
  29. Onannon Red Hill Mornington Pinot Noir 2018
    Only 60 dozen of this wine was produced. 50% whole bunch from 24 year old vines, and 25% new oak create a beautifully textured wine of great complexity and savouriness. Earthiness, herbaceousness and lovely cherry fruit permeate. Beautifully structured and balanced. "You would have ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  30. Onannon 'Leongatha' Gippsland Pinot Noir 2018
    “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 Lifted fruit of cherry and raspberry. Notes of herbs, mint and earth ... Learn More
  31. Garagiste Terre De Feu Pinot Noir 2017
    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
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  32. 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
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  33. Domaine Chevrot et Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
    From an exceedingly satisfying vintage, a pinot that offers immediate contentment upon tasting. Aligning a multitude of flowers, early season plums and pomegrante with a fluid texture on the palate. Acidity is nonaggressive, owing to the vintages voluptuousness. An ideal ... Learn More
  34. Burn Cottage 'Moonlight Race' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018
    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
  35. Burn Cottage 'Moonlight Race' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
    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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  36. Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2018
    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
  37. Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir 2019
    This wine was formerly called Bindi Composition Pinot Noir. The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  38. 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 Wine Reviews
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  39. 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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  40. Prophet's Rock Home Pinot Noir 2018
    The foundation of this wine is our focus on delivering low-yielding concentrated fruit that expresses our vineyard. In the winery, we employ traditional old world techniques; the grapes are handled gently and the wines are fermented using only the indigenous ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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