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. Amisfield Pinot Noir 2019
    Amisfield's flagship wine, has bright, focused dark fruits classic to the Central Otago region with a botanic note and a hint of cinnamon. The palate is broad, complex and lush with dark chocolate characters and gripping tannins on the finish. ... Learn More
  2. Murdoch Hill Artisan Series The Phaeton Pinot Noir 2019
    Sourced from the best selection of vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley and Lobethal districts. A driven elegant wine, displaying trademark Adelaide Hills natural acidity and purity. A deeply coloured Phaeton with real clout and flavour, with low yields contributing to ... Learn More
  3. Domaine Simha 'Nature' Pinot Noir 2020
    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
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  4. Small Island Saltwater Pinot Noir 2018
    Single Site Pinot from Saltwater River on the Tasman Peninsula. Layers of crunchy stems and herbal notes surround the cherry fruit tones. Unfiltered with minimal sulpher. The Small Island 'black label' Pinot is a blend of Glengarry (Tamar) and Saltwater ... Learn More
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  5. Small Island Saltwater Pinot Noir 2019
    Single Site Pinot from Saltwater River on the Tasman Peninsula. Layers of crunchy stems and herbal notes surround the cherry fruit tones. Unfiltered with minimal sulpher. The Small Island 'black label' Pinot is a blend of Glengarry (Tamar) and Saltwater ... Learn More
  6. Small Island Glengarry Pinot Noir 2018
    James Halliday: "It's a wild ride in a good way. This really is quite wonderfully complex. It tastes of forest berries and undergrowth, beetroot and sweet autumn leaves, cranberry and woodsy, smoky spice. It's well weighted without being overblown, strung ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  7. Small Island Glengarry Pinot Noir 2019
    Campbell Mattinson: "Woodsmoke and undergrowth, red and black cherry, velvety texture but with a bit of grunt and grain in behind. The strings are pulled tight but it’s still juicy and generous. Yes. This is excellent." The Small Island ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  8. Farr Rising Pinot Noir 2017
    The fruit is hand harvested, and then sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is fermented in an open-top fermenter, and an average 60 to 70 per cent of it is destemmed. The wine is placed in 20 to 30 per cent new Allier barrels ... Learn More
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  9. Small Island Black Label Pinot Noir 2020
    The Small Island Wines are making plenty of noise with only a small range. Complex, rounded and very smooth, everything you could want from a Pinot Noir. Dark cherries, cured meat and a dash of oak, this wine has a ... Learn More
  10. Farr Rising Pinot Noir 2019
    The fruit is hand harvested, and then sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is fermented in an open-top fermenter, and an average 60 to 70 per cent of it is destemmed. The wine is placed in 20 to 30 per cent new Allier barrels ... Learn More
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  11. Home Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2020
    This wine exhibits all the hall marks of its cool climate origin. Deep dark ruby in colour, with aromas of mushroom, forest floor, black forest cake and petrichor(scent of rain). Picked 22nd April 2020 the wine is very concentrated with ... Learn More
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  12. Denton Pinot Noir 2019
    Made by star winemaker Luke Lambert. The Denton Pinot Noir block sits at the very top of our North Eastern slope, and sees the softest morning light and is shielded from the hot afternoon sun. The planting density here is 1.3 ... Learn More
    Denton Pinot Noir 2019
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  13. Principia Altior Pinot Noir 2019
    Hand-picked, 80% whole berries, 5 days cold soak, wild yeast open-fermented, 17 days on skins, matured in French oak (25% new) for 7 months, 100 dozen made. Excellent colour and clarity; the bouquet is very expressive, perfectly ripened pinot noir notes to the fore, warm spices ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Jane Faulkner
  14. Provenance Henty Pinot Noir 2018
    This wine displays fruit aromas of black cherry, sage and blueberries. A dusting of clove-like oak completes the bouquet. With flavours true to the promised aromas, a highlight of this wine is its graceful core weight that carries from start ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Campbell Mattinson
  15. Provenance Ballarat Pinot Noir 2018
    Fragrant, lifted aromas of wild strawberry, red cherry and spice are matched to a complex earthy bouquet. Red and blue fruit characters across the mid and back palate, are deftly complemented by the integrated fine tannin and acid line. The ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  16. Provenance Geelong Pinot Noir 2018
    A lovely ruby hue, this fine wine displays fruit aromas and flavours of black cherry and cardamom with a woodsmoke input. A wine of inherent power and drive the earthy, foresty flavours are matched to a lovely satin like mouthfeel. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  17. Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Rouge La Taupe 2019
    Chavy-Chouet's Pinot Noir is classified as humble Bourgogne Rouge, yet its fruit comes from an excellent single-vineyard site near Pommard. Great value. This well-structured wine with rounded, sophisticated tannins gives instant pleasure but can be kept for up to a ... Learn More
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  18. Stoney Rise Holyman Pinot Noir 2018
    It’s carrying a fair bit of high quality toasty clove spice oak as at now, but it’s perfumed, spicy and earthy, with cherry and boysenberry fruit of purity and clarity. - Gary Walsh Joe Holyman has been described ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  19. Helen's Hill Range View Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. 100% D4V5 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir. The Rangeview Pinot Noir is powerful with all the dark fruits and structure required to lift it ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
  20. Helen's Hill First Light Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Made entirely from the MV6 clone, the First Light Reserve Pinot Noir truly reflects the unique characteristics of Australia’s very own Pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  21. Helen's Hill First Light Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Made entirely from the MV6 clone, the First Light Reserve Pinot Noir truly reflects the unique characteristics of Australia’s very own Pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
  22. Crittenden Zumma Pinot Noir 2019
    Inspiration for this wine has been drawn from the great wines of Burgundy, many of which show a level of elegance and restraint that is seldom seen in new world Pinot Noir. Accordingly, The Zumma Pinot possesses a depth of ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  23. Dexter Pinot Noir 2020
    Tod and Debbie Dexter planted their vineyard in Merricks, Mornington Peninsular in 1987. After a jaunt to Burgundy in 2000, Tod decided he wanted something more. After helping establish the formidable reputation of Stonier wines with Brian Stonier, and a time with ... Learn More
    Dexter Pinot Noir 2020
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  24. Scorpo Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Scorpo has for some time sat comfortably within the highest rank of Australian cool-climate winegrowers, quietly composing excellent wines and steadily raising the bar year upon year. An open and elegant bouquet of raspberry, mulberry, cranberry and cherry will lead ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  25. Dexter Pinot Noir 2019
    An ample, generous pinot with stacks of flavour. It will richly reward a few years' cellaring too. - Huon Hooke Firm, spicy and a touch meaty, in a positive way, with graphite and succulent poached strawberry flavours putting on a ... Learn More
    Dexter Pinot Noir 2019
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    Huon Hooke
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  26. Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017
    "Winemaker Larry McKenna now has 30 years of experience with Martinborough Pinot Noir, and its on full display in this blend assembled from various plots around the village." Wine Enthusiast Wonderful aromatics with cherry and red currant aromas and some earthy ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  27. Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016
    "Winemaker Larry McKenna now has 30 years of experience with Martinborough Pinot Noir, and its on full display in this blend assembled from various plots around the village." Wine Enthusiast Wonderful aromatics with cherry and red currant aromas and some earthy ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  28. Escarpment Regional Blend Pinot Noir 2018
    100% Martinborough fruit with the majority coming from our Te Muna Road Vineyard. This wine is typically a blend of Dijon clones 667 and 777 and Abel, with clones 114 and 115 occasionally. It exhibits fruit, complexity, and texture, beautifully. The fruit was hand-harvested, then ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Bob Campbell MW
  29. Escarpment Regional Blend Pinot Noir 2016
    "The product of a warm, dry summer and balanced crop loads, this is a very strong vintage for this iconic Martinborough pinot noir. On the nose, plenty of fresh red cherries and spiced red plums come to the fore. Succulent, ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Robert Parker
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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Philippa Farr Mornington Pinot Noir 2020
    One of the best Pinot's we have seen at the price from the Mornington Peninsula Peak Drinking: Now - 2028 The Mornington is off the same vineyard we have been working with the last few years, with 20 years age the vineyard ... Learn More
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  35. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Bourgogne Rouge 2019
    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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    Allan Meadows
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  36. Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2018 375ml
    The grapes were hand-picked and chilled overnight. Processing the following day along a fruit sorting table and destemmed gently into our signature “tea-chest” small fermenters. Some whole bunches were added to contribute subtle stalk structure and a generous fruit profile. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  37. Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2020
    Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, in the dead centre of Argentina. Piero's dedication to producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay was rewarded when Chacra Treinta y Dos Pinot 2018 was named Best Wine in ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  38. Philippa Farr Mornington Pinot Noir 2019
    One of the best Pinot's we have seen at the price from the Mornington Peninsula Peak Drinking: Now - 2028 The Mornington is off the same vineyard we have been working with the last few years, with 20 years age the vineyard ... Learn More
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  39. Philippa Farr Gippsland Pinot Noir 2019
    The Gippsland comes with considerable vine age, of almost 20 years, and is dominated by the MV6 clone. The vines are on a slight north facing slope, and are cooled from the Bass Straight winds that have proven to also wreak ... Learn More
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  40. Anne Gros Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
    Subtle, harmonious, supple—Burgundy from Domaine Anne Gros is intimately tied with the elegant and poised character of wines from Vosne-Romanée. Expressive from the get go. It is Pinot personified. The nose was light to medium with medium blueberry ... Learn More
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