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. Prophet's Rock Home Pinot Noir 2017
    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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  2. Rippon 'Jeunesse' Young Vine Pinot Noir 2018
    This is more of a pinot noir grown at Rippon, rather Rippon through the eyes of pinot noir. It’s a kid, or an adolescent at least, even a young adult. It’s endearing, colourful, perhaps even capable of wisdom, ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  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
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  4. Kooyong Meres Pinot Noir 2018
    Shy at first, the 2018 Meres evolves to open a deeply perfumed and aromatic nose; pretty red fruits (strawberry and cherry) together with rhubarb and floral notes. Subtle savoury spice aromas emerge. The palate is delicate yet deep with an attractive ... Learn More
  5. Moillard Grivot Savigny Les Beaune 2016
    Moillard is a historic Burgundian négociant house located in the Côte d'Or. Savigny-lès-Beaune is a large village in the Côte de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy, nestled between the hillsides of a sub-valley in the Côte ... Learn More
  6. Hillcrest Premium Pinot Noir 2016
    Hillcrest Vineyard is a micro-boutique maker of individual, classically styled wines. David and Tanya Bryant, look to the best producers from the famous French regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux as both their inspiration and benchmark. The great, old wines of ... Learn More
  7. Domaine Simha 'Lionheart' Tasmanian Amphora Pinot Noir 2018
    Living wine relying on ancient knowledge and intuition. Energetic wine of expressive character and lo-fi technique. Domaine Simha Amphorae wines are crafted in white clay fermentation vessels. Derived from the cosmic golden ratio, the ovoid shape promotes a gentle passive ... Learn More
  8. Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    95% MV6, 5% D4V2 clone, hand-picked, an average of 20% whole bunches (separate batches 0-30%), wild-fermented, 8-15 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French oak (20% new). ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. 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
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. ONLINE TASTING PACK - A CHILEAN AND ARGENTINIAN ADVENTURE THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    Whilst we can't physically travel to South America for the time being, let's travel with our taste buds and sample some delicious wines. We'll be tasting a selection of reds ... Learn More

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    Decanter
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  19. Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    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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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Joe Czerwinski
  20. Valli 'Bendigo Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2014
    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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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  21. Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    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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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Joe Czerwinski
  22. Moorooduc 'Mcintyre Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2014
    In a spectacular vintage like 2015, the fruit from this dry-grown block produces brilliant wines of intensity and structure. Vines planted as early as 1983 thriving in the near perfect conditions on the Peninsula during the 2015 grow season, with excellent results. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  23. Escarpment 'Kiwa' Pinot Noir 2018
    A blend of Pommard clones that were originally sourced from the University of California. Martinborough from 28 year old vines. Will easily age a decade. ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
  24. Escarpment 'Te Rehua' Pinot Noir 2018
    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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    Bob Campbell MW
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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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  28. 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
  29. 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 Wine Reviews
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  30. 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 Wine Reviews
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  31. R&R Pampering Gift Pack Double

    This kit contains 2 lovely bottles of wine as well as a Caim & Able 850g Nurture Magnesium Bath & Foot Salt Soak as a Christmas pamper pack to spoil someone special!

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  32. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Savigny-Les-Beaune 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
  33. Domaine A Pinot Noir 2013
    Every pinot we make is a risk. Some years we don’t make one at all. But back in 2013, Peter must’ve had a good feeling when he barrelled this vintage. It’s a classic—the consummate Tasmanian pinot noir. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  34. Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2010
    "It is the most complete Pinot Noir which shows the best of all previous vintages. It has the density of the 2008 and the finesse and freshness of the 2009.” Damien Yvon, Winemaker ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  35. La Crema 'Russian River Valley' Pinot Noir 2017
    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
  36. 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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  37. 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
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  38. La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir 2017
    “Aromas of BLACK RASPBERRY, forest floor and cedar are followed by flavors of pomegranate, COCOA, and rich earth. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with VIBRANT acidity and refined tannins.” - JENNIFER WALSH, WINEMAKER The grapes were picked ... Learn More
  39. Rippon 'Rippon' Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017
    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
  40. 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
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