Red Wine, 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. Tuck's Ridge Pinot Noir 2000
    Mornington Peninsula is a unique winemaking region in Australia, blessed by warm days, cool nights and ocean breezes. Renowned for producing exceptional pinot noir and chardonnay. ... Learn More
  2. Nugan Estate Third Generation Pinot Noir 2018
    WINNER; GOLD: 2018 Riverina Wine Awards - Open Classes SILVER: 2019 Riverina Wine Awards - Open Classes The Nugan family history in Australia spans three generations. The Third-Generation label represents the family’s tradition of quality and excellence. These wines are made ... Learn More
  3. Zilzie 'Adelaide Hills' Pinot Noir 2021
    The fruit was selected from premium Adelaide Hills vineyards, cool fermented on skins then gently pressed into stainless steel to optimise colour and flavour. ... Learn More
  4. Philip Shaw 'The Wire Walker' Pinot Noir 2021
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity ... Learn More
  5. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2022
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  6. Leitz Zero Point Five Pinot Noir (Non Alc.)
    From award winning winemaker, Johannes Leitz from the world-famous vineyards of the Rüdesheim region in Germany comes Zero Point Five, a premium alcohol-free Pinot Noir made from 100% Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) grapes grown in Germany. It is an exceptionally ... Learn More
  7. Unico Zelo harvest pinot noir 2018
    Up and Comiong producer. ... Learn More
    James Halliday
  8. Le Versant 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Pinot Noir 2020
    Les Vignobles Foncalieu named 'Cooperative Winery of the Year 2012' by the Revue du Vin de France - the biggest magazine in the French wine industry! A strong and aromatic nose of red fruits mixed with liquorice notes. Medium bodied, ... Learn More
  9. Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2020
    Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the ... Learn More
  10. Bodega Volcanes De Chile Pinot Noir 2021
    “The Chilean volcanic terroir is nothing but dynamic. Many of our vineyards are located on mature volcanic – igneous regions, where soils are a result of the weathering processes that have occurred over millions of years. However, we also have vines ... Learn More
    Mark Faber
  11. Punt Road Pinot Noir 2021
    A fruit driven style of Pinot with fragrant strawberry aromas and sweet berry flavours. Moderate acidity and feathery tannins frame an elegant palate of ripe cherry with a touch of earthiness. ... Learn More
  12. Maison de Grand Esprit Côte de Nuits Villages La Belle Voisine 2009
    "Meaning Great Mind, Grand Esprit is a nod to the understanding of terroir, or the natural environment in which a great wine is produced. A Grand Esprit wine will always beautifully reflect the harmonious balance between the land it comes ... Learn More
  13. Coates Pinot Noir 2020
    FINALIST; Winemaker of the Year Finalist, 2022, Halliday Wine Companion, Coates The Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills is definitely something worth exploring. This Pinot Noir has been made using grapes sourced from the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills. A ... Learn More
    Coates Pinot Noir 2020
    $29.99 Per item
    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  14. Provenance Geelong Golden Plains Pinot Noir 2020
    2019 Best Value Winery of the Year: James Halliday's Wine Companion, 94 points. "Scott Ireland is the man behind Provenance, a wine brand based in southern Victoria’s Geelong. Ireland was the winemaker at prominent Geelong district winery, Austin’s of Barrabool, ... Learn More
    Campbell Mattinson
  15. Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021
    Bright ruby red appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Lovely nose, highly perfumed wine with red cherry, five spice savoury and floral notes dominating the aromas. The palate has a core of red fruit flavours around a backbone of natural ... Learn More
  16. Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2021
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
  17. Escarpment NOIR Pinot Noir 2020
    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
  18. Atlas Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2020
    Very elegant and pale in colour, slight garnet coming through, started on nose a little confectionary but has some great gamey, white florals, clove, white ground pepper, sanguine. A wonderful expression of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir! High, well balanced acid ... Learn More
    Mark Faber
    Jane Faulkner
  19. Ponting Wines 'Mowbray Boy' Pinot Noir 2020
    Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their ... Learn More
    Campbell Mattinson
  20. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne  Pinot Noir 2020
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A clean, pure expression ... Learn More
  21. Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2019
    The previous vintage was awarded WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak ... Learn More
  22. Ata Rangi 'Crimson' Pinot Noir 2020
    2020 was marked by well-balanced vines and stunning fruit. This Crimson has a fragrant nose of dried roses and hay. Fresh thyme and rosemary with spice notes of black cardamon, cinnamon and warm cedar. The palate is wonderfully open and calm, ... Learn More
  23. Ocean Eight Pinot Noir 2019
    Ocean Eight is one of the star wineries of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula; making tiny quantities of exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Lovely delicate bouquet of fresh picked red fruits. Bright and juicy Pinot Noir expressing true Mornington Peninsula traits. An elegant palate ... Learn More
  24. 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
  25. Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir 2020
    A wonderful expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir. A luscious and fruit focussed Pinot Noir with great flavour and lovely soft tannin. The 2020 season started dry and cool in Central Otago, followed by warmer temperatures throughout summer and a lovely ... Learn More
  26. Porter's Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    This is classic Martinborough - Elegant, fragrant and so easy to drink. Complex aromas of wood spice, cherry, raspberry and baking spice. The palate displays firm but restrained tannins, bright fruit - a perfect food wine. Enjoy with game meats, ... Learn More
  27. 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
  28. Scorpo Pinot Noir 2010
    Deep dark red colour with crimson red mauve hue. The nose displays lifted violet top notes followed by some ripe dark cherry, strawberry and spicy cedar. Light to medium weight the palate delivers flavours of dark cherry, some gamey cedar ... Learn More
    Scorpo Pinot Noir 2010
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  29. 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
  30. 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
    James Halliday's Wine Companion
    Campbell Mattinson
  31. 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
    Mark Faber
    Jasper Morris MW
  32. 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
    Ned Goodwin MW
  33. Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018
    "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
  34. 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
    James Suckling
    Bob Campbell MW
  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
    Allan Meadows
  36. 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
  37. Koyama Pearsons Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    This wine is quite aromatic and fruity with a well-integrated acid backbone. Crimson colour with ruby going to a brick red hue. A soft and rounded wine with aromas of sweet red berry fruits and red cherries. The palate is ... Learn More
  38. 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
  39. Online Tasting Pack - Meet the Maker: Ricky Ponting May 19th, 6:30pm AEST

    Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting, and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high-quality wines. Masters of their craft, these men have forged their partnership to celebrate ... Learn More

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  40. Onannon Single-Site Red Hill Pinot Noir 2019
    This wine is from our Red Hill vineyard which we manage with the help of Martin our vineyard manager. The vines are 24 years old now. It’s a warm site, sitting at 90m with a northern exposure. In 2018 we used ... Learn More
    Campbell Mattinson
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