Riesling, Pinot Noir

Riesling is a white grape that is famous for its intense aromatics and crisp acidity. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay took over. Riesling flourishes in the Clare Valley, particularly Watervale, around the Polish Hill River, and in the cooler Eden Valley. Riesling is also being grown with increasing popularity in the Western Australia regions Albany, Frankland River and Porongorup. Australian Rieslings are noted for their citrus/lime fruit flavours in their youth and a smooth balance of freshness, lanolin and acid as they age. Australian botrytized Rieslings have immense levels of flavour concentration with beautiful acid and structure.

Riesling was first planted in New Zealand in the 1970s and has flourished in the relatively cool climates of the Marlborough, Central Otago area and for late harvests in the Nelson region.

Alsace is famous for producing outstanding Riesling from dry austere to Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles. They tend to be fuller, more savoury and viscous wines than those of other countries.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings. The best examples are planted on south-facing slate-rich slopes. Germany produces many different styles from dry perfumed wines with racy, mineral acidity to exotically lush flavours of their great late harvest wines.
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. PLUS & MINUS PINOT NOIR 2020
    Plus & Minus is a contemporary range of wines developed to be richer in antioxidants, minus the alcohol. These 0% alcohol wines have been hand-made without the use of any artificial sweeteners but do see the addition of grape seed extract (GSE) ... Learn More
  2. ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT RIESLING 2020
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
  3. ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT RIESLING 2019
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
  4. ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT PINOT NOIR 2019
    Lifted aromas of plum, cherry, rose petal, cedar and undergrowth. This is an easy yet mouth-filling and intensely flavoured wine showing bright fruit flavours with spice and character. A freshness in natural acidity from cooler sites and fine-grained tannins drive ... Learn More
  5. KINDRED SPIRITS PINOT NOIR 2014
    The Kindred Spirits Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir is sourced from the maritime Te Awanga sub-region of Hawkes Bay from a 12 year old vineyard. A lifted and expressive nose with an array of red cherry, wild forest and almost gamey aromas. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  6. THORN CLARKE 'SANDPIPER' RIESLING 2019
    The 2019 vintage was named in James Hallidays Top 100 wines October 2019. This wine is offering great vibrancy and freshness now, but will also develop beautifully with age. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  7. LE CHAT NOIR PINOT NOIR 2018
    Le Chat Noir is a range of modern French wines created by Vincent Charleux. Aromas of strawberries, blackberries and spiced plums, with a hint of dried roses. The palate is light-medium bodied, with bright red berries, a touch of savouriness, ... Learn More
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  8. UNITED CELLARS PINOT NOIR BY BRUCE TYRRELL 2018
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  9. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2018
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
  10. FRANKLAND ESTATE 'ROCKY GULLY' RIESLING 2019
    Made to enjoy in its youth the Rocky Gully Riesling displays generosity of flavour and delicacy making it an ideal accompaniment with a wide range of foods and occasions. Fresh pear and citrus blossom aromas, as well as bath salt ... Learn More
  11. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2017
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
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  12. WOODS CRAMPTON WHITE LABEL RIESLING 2019
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
  13. WOODS CRAMPTON WHITE LABEL RIESLING 2018
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
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  14. DELATITE 'ESTATE' RIESLING 2018
    The perfumed nose hints at a wine that may be sweet but the palate shows that this is a classic dry Riesling with a crisp and clean finish. Alluring in it’s youth but it will amply reward cellaring for ... Learn More
  15. JOSEF CHROMY 'PEPIK' PINOT NOIR 2019
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
  16. ATLAS WATERVALE RIESLING 2019
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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  17. THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE PINOT NOIR 2019
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
  18. JOSEF CHROMY 'PEPIK' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
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  19. WICKHAMS ROAD GIPPSLAND PINOT NOIR 2018
    Made by the Hoddles Creek team; the Wickhams Road wines are made with the same philosophy used with Hoddles Creek and sourced from the same vineyards ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  20. ATLAS WATERVALE RIESLING 2020
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  21. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'ROSE BY TOM BARRY' 2019
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard in Kuitpo (sub region of Adelaide Hills) planted in 2002. Beautiful ... Learn More
  22. AIRLIE BANK PINOT NOIR 2020
    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
  23. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'RIESLING BY TOM BARRY' 2019
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Sourced from both the prestigious Watervale sub region and the Barry’s own 40 yr old Lodge Hill vineyard in the Clare Valley. The palate shows lime citrus peel and ginger. There ... Learn More
  24. PIKES 'TRADITIONALE' RIESLING 2019
    With a history dating back to 1878, the Pike family has a past rich in brewing and winemaking. Current custodians, Neil & Andrew form a formidable partnership creating wines that express terroir magnificently. One of their icon wines, the 'Traditionale' Riesling manages ... Learn More
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  25. SAINT AND SCHOLAR PINOT NOIR ROSE 2019
    An intriguing wine, firstly boasting a pale salmon colour, closely mimicking the fine Rose wines made out of Provence, France. Like a kid in a candy shop, the Saint and Scholar Rose shows mouth-watering Strawberry and Creams, along with sweet ... Learn More
  26. NICK O'LEARY RIESLING 2018
    Aromatics of white flowers, apple blossom and citrus. The palate is generous with a powerful mix of Granny Smith apple and freshly squeezed lime. The mouth-watering natural acidity leads to a pristine palate of balance and length. ... Learn More
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  27. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'ROSE BY TOM BARRY' 2018
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard in Kuitpo (sub region of Adelaide Hills) planted in 2002. Beautiful ... Learn More
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  28. RIPOSTE 'THE DAGGER' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Fruit is sourced from two great vineyard sites at Charleston and Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills. Displays all of the hallmark aromas, flavours and texture of Pinot Noir. Striking floral edges with cuts of bright red berries combine on the ... Learn More
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  29. PHILIP SHAW 'THE WIRE WALKER' PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
  30. PLANTAGENET 'MUSEUM RELEASE' RIESLING 2010
    "Beautifully balanced, fresh lime juice and lemon blossom flavours fill its zesty concentrated palate, with minerally acidity streaming long into the finish" - Nick Stock. ... Learn More
  31. NUNC YARRA VALLEY PINOT NOIR 2018
    This newly-minted Yarra Valley label is sourced and crafted by Arfion and Salo maestro Dave Mackintosh. The name is taken from the famous line by Latin poet Horace: “Nunc est bibendum” (“Now is the time for drinking”). And that's exactly ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  32. BODEGA VOLCANES DE CHILE PINOT NOIR 2019
    “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
  33. ROCKBARE CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2019
    Showing a light straw colour, this Clare Valley Riesling gives off lifted fragrances of balm, lemon blossom and white florals from the nose. The intense and attractive palate is full of freshly squeezed lemon juice, orange blossom honey, ‘Bickfords’ lime ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  34. FROGMORE CREEK RIESLING 2017
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. ... Learn More
  35. ROCKBURN DEVIL'S STAIRCASE PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
  36. BODEGA VOLCANES DE CHILE PINOT NOIR 2018
    “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
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  37. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' PINOT NOIR 2018
    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
  38. JIM BARRY WATERVALE RIESLING 2017
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. The nose displays ... Learn More
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  39. FROGMORE CREEK 'FGR' RIESLING 2018
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. Very floral aromas dominated by honeysuckle. The Palate has good balanced sugar, acid with fresh lime flavours. FGR is a wine acronym ... Learn More
  40. TORZI MATTHEWS 'FROST DODGER' RIESLING 2019
    Hand picked whole bunch pressed and free run juice only. Old Vine Eden Valley Riesling sourced from two frost pocketed vineyards dating back to 1930. Expect high tone aromatics of white stone fruits, white flowers & lime. The real star is the ... Learn More
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