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. Maori Point Gold Digger Sparkling Rose 330Ml
    An extremely limited release "pet-nat" sparkling rose! With a secondary ferment in bottle, the result is a version of the regular Gold Digger Rosé that is more bubbly, with complex yeast notes complementing sweeter fruit characteristics. Juicy red fruit and ... Learn More
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  2. Tempest Cove Pinot Noir 2020
    Exclusively produced for United Cellars from vineyards in the northern Wairarapa. Black Doris plum & blackcurrant fruit characters are complemented on the nose by sweet cherry notes. The flavour is all about fruit freshness, with a dry, supple finish. ... Learn More
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  3. Tempest Cove Pinot Noir 2018
    Exclusively produced for United Cellars from vineyards in the northern Wairarapa. Ripe cherry and plum fruit characters are complemented on the nose by spicy, toasty oak. The flavour is all about fruit freshness, with a mouth-filling, supple finish. ... Learn More
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  4. Odyssey Homer Pinot Noir 2018
    Created by New Zealand winemaking superstar Rebecca Salmond. High quality, single vineyard, artisanal wines from certified organic sites & made with minimal intervention. This is an appealing Pinot Noir displaying ripe red cherry, dried herb and spice characters on the nose. ... Learn More
  5. Mount Michael The Mountaineer Pinot Noir 2018
    A double Gold Medal winning, single vineyard, Central Otago Pinot Noir! Attractive aromatics of red cherry & spiced plum, with fresh herbs in the background. Beautifully balanced & approachable, with smooth red berry notes & subtle complexity. ... Learn More
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  6. Secret Deal Single Estate Waipara Pinot Noir 2017
    Sam Kim: "A nicely rounded palate that is juicy and silky!" Raymond Chan: "A bright & lively Pinot Noir with cooler strawberry and cherry fruit entwined with herbs on a racy palate." A single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Waipara, with ... Learn More
  7. Mt Dunstan Pinot Noir 2015
    A perfectly aged Central Otago Pinot for a steal of a price. Bright cherry, strawberry & dried herb aromatics, accentuated on the palate. The wine shows rich savoury flavours with fine, chalky tannins which provides sturdy structure and length. This is ... Learn More
  8. Mt Dunstan Pinot Noir 2014
    A perfectly aged Central Otago Pinot for a steal of a price. Bright cherry, strawberry & dried herb aromatics, accentuated on the palate. The wine shows rich savoury flavours with fine, chalky tannins which provides sturdy structure and length. This is ... Learn More
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  9. Big Sky Te Muna Pinot Noir 2018
    95/100 Sam Kim: "Terrific fruit purity together with delightful spicy complexity, finishing long and delicious." Big Sky is a small, family-owned vineyard, making limited production hand-crafted wines from their low cropping single block vineyard right under the big southern sky. Situated ... Learn More
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  10. Ataahua Pinot Noir 2017
    A savoury & cellerable Pinot Noir hand-picked from 20+ yr old vines in the heart of the Waipara Valley, on Church Road. A rich bouquet of black cherries, raspberries & exotic spice, with rich earthy undertones. The palate is complex & well balanced with ... Learn More
    Ataahua Pinot Noir 2017
    NZ$37.00 Per item
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  11. Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2018
    A funky, smokey nose of cloves, tobacco leaf and a suggestion of rose hip and berries. Soft, silky mouth-feel with reflections of an Old World Burgundy. Flavours of plum, cranberry and chewy red licorice with smooth, gentle tannins. The wine ... Learn More
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  12. Ceres Composition Pinot Noir Library Release 2014
    Raymond Chan, 18+/20: "A soft, plush and juicy Pinot Noir with dark berry, plum and thyme herb flavours, and a fine-textured mouthfeel". A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. A composition of the Inlet & Black ... Learn More
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  13. Cherry Orchard Pinot Noir 2018
    A single vineyard and unfiltered expression of Bannockburn terrior, the epitome of the Central Otago wine region. Created by the viticulturist James Dicey and award winning winemaker Brendan Seal. A gentle fragrance of red and black cherries, icing sugar, fresh ... Learn More
  14. Locharburn Pinot Noir 2018
    Sustainably grown & handpicked from this family owned & operated vineyard, this is a very stylish wine. Ruby hued red with a scented bouquet of cherries and dark fruits, laced with a thread of herbs. Textural, silky tannins add finesse and structure, ... Learn More
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  15. Hawkshead Pinot Noir 2019
    Uplifting aromatics of sweet violet, a touch of spicy wild thyme and layers of fragrant red currants, raspberries and black cherries. Finely grained tannins and bright acidity are beautifully balanced and together with the ambrosial aromas to deliver a joyful, ... Learn More
    Hawkshead Pinot Noir 2019
    NZ$43.99 Per item
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  16. Gate 20 Two Pinot Noir 2017
    A boutique, single vineyard Felton Rd Pinot Noir; normally reserved exclusively for the cellar door. Rich, warm perfumes of raspberry, boysenberry, plum & red fruits. Deep fruit flavours along with good structure and balance promise a wine that will just get ... Learn More
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  17. Tongue In Groove Cabal Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Intense aromatics of vibrant cherry, smokey boysenberry & savoury undertones. Generous fruit flavours of chewy black cherry, plum & rasberry compote with drying, chalky tannins. A complex style of Pinot Noir showing the abundant fruit of NZ combined with the robust tannins ... Learn More
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  18. Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2019
    Known to be in the top 3% of all wines in the world, sourced from the magnificent Pisa Range in one of Central Otago's most unique vineyard parcels. These soils and the sheltered location help to give the wine more harmony, ... Learn More
  19. Coney Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
    Clonal variation is probably the main source of distinctive and complex Pinot Noir. This Reserve Pizzicato Pinot is derived from six distinct clones. The result is a wine of gravitas and tight structure with a lovely silky texture - a ... Learn More
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  20. Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017
    One of the most legendary Pinots in NZ, grown on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Equally youthful on the palate with a vibrant and energy filled flavour profile - crushed rocks, dark red berry fruits, oak spice and whispers of ... Learn More
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  21. The Tapui Collection Pinot Noir By Jen Parr 2019
    Lovingly crafted by Jen Parr, NZ Winemaker of the Year 2019. This is an elegant expression of the Bannockburn sub-region with lovely red and blue fruit, camphor and florals supported by fine tannins intricately woven around fresh acidity. This Pinot Noir ... Learn More
  22. Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2016
    One of the most legendary Pinots in NZ, grown on the shores of Lake Wanaka. A wine which captures the alpine purity of these slopes overlooking Lake Wanaka, packed with juicy fruit flavours, fine grained tannins and a slate driven ... Learn More
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  23. Valli 'Bendigo Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2017
    Valli's Bendigo is reflects the very warm climate of this area producing dark, rich, lush wines. Showcasing aromas of Cherry Cola, now synonymous with Valli Pinot Noir, along with notes of boysenberry, mulberry, coconut and vanilla. Dense, powerful and persistent ... Learn More
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  24. Valli 'Bannockburn Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2017
    Gold Medal winner at the New Zealand International Wine Show. Valli's Bannockburn wines reflect the warm climate of the area by displaying denser, more powerful Pinot Noir flavours. Aromatics balanced between power and poise showcase wild florals, along with plump ... Learn More
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  25. Ceres "The Artists Collection" Inlet Pinot Noir Library Release 2015
    A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. A composition of the Inlet vineyards, highlighting the best of Bannockburn. This engaging and mesmerising wine offers a seductive bouquet which shows aromas of sweet red fruits ... Learn More
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  26. Ceres "The Artists Collection" Black Rabbit Pinot Noir Library Release 2017
    A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. A composition of the Black Rabbit vineyards, highlighting the best of Bannockburn. This engaging and mesmerising wine offers a seductive bouquet which shows sweet berry, truffle, vanilla, ... Learn More
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  27. Tarras The Canyon Pinot Noir 2017
    A single vineyard wine made exclusively in Bendigo, Central Otago and labelled as The Canyon only in exceptional vintages. Beautiful floral aromas with elegant berry fruits, spice and dried herbs. The palate is elegantly opulent with ripe fruits, great acidity, ... Learn More
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  28. Valli 'Bannockburn Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Valli's Bannockburn wines reflect the warm climate of the area by displaying denser, more powerful Pinot Noir flavours. Aromatics balanced between power and poise showcase wild florals, along with plump berries, violets and wood smoke. An energetic palate with bright ... Learn More
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  29. Valli 'Waitaki Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    A real gem for lovers of Waitaki or Burgundian Pinot Noir, showing incredible consistency in the perfume and minerality of the wines. Engaging and fragrant in it's youth with fruit aromas of wild strawberry, sweet cherry, and plum married with ... Learn More
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  30. Valli 'Bendigo Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Valli's Bendigo is reflects the very warm climate of this area producing dark, rich, lush wines. Showcasing aromas of Cherry Cola, now synonymous with Valli Pinot Noir, along with notes of boysenberry, mulberry, coconut and vanilla. Dense, powerful and persistent ... Learn More
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  31. Valli 'Gibbston Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Valli’s Gibbston reflects one of the coolest sub regions of Otago, producing wines of elegance and complexity of flavour. An alluring ripe cherry, raspberry and rose petal nose, with nuances of mushroom and cardamom. A sophisticated and layered palate ... Learn More
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  32. Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2008
    Deep ruby in colour with aromas of roses, briar and a hint of vanilla. Fine tannins and good weight, underpinning dark cherry, blackberry, spice and briar notes with a hint of oak. Well balanced, good length and a persistent finish. ... Learn More
  33. Denis Bachelet Bourgogne Rouge 2015
    A fresh and attractive nose offers up notes of both red and dark berry fruit scents that exhibit a background note of violets. The delicious, round and seductively textured flavors possess a fleshy mouth feel that beautifully complements the balanced, ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson
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  34. John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir 2013
    Garnet in colour with heady aromas of black cherries, blackberries, spice and forest floor with a touch of dried herbs. Quite broad on the palate, full and round with sweet flavours of blackberry, cassis, underpinned with earthy, dusty notes and ... Learn More
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  35. Nevis Bluff Reserve Pinot Noir 2015
    A beautifully rich, reserve tier Pinot Noir, only made in exceptional years, by the renowned Dean Shaw. Exotic black fruit flavours with soft & intense elegant tannins. Hand selected, hand harvested & hand sorted for exceptional quality. ... Learn More
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  36. Maori Point Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
    Minimal intervention, low sulfites & vegan friendly, this wine is a pure expression of Pinot, hand harvested from the "Professors' Block". Elegantly floating across the palate with flavours of forest berries, vanilla, hints of violets and wood spice. The complex, yet ... Learn More
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  37. Dry River Pinot Noir 2018
    Cameron Douglas: 95/100 "Well made, classic Dry River, very youthful and quite complex, lengthy detailed finish, a delight to taste." One of New Zealand's most iconic wineries! There is a light charred oak note present, similar to toasted almonds. Flowery aromas ... Learn More
    Dry River Pinot Noir 2018
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  38. Rippon Tinkers Field Pinot Noir 2016
    Iconic single-vineyard Pinot Noir of the highest standard. A wine of precision and "unforced masculinity", the Tinker's is drawn from Rippon's oldest vines in rocky schist soils, on the gentle slopes next to Lake Wanaka. Family owned, biodynamically grown and ... Learn More
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  39. Domaine Thomson Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Evocelles" 2015
    Extremely rare, small parcel Gevrey-Chambertin of amazing elegance & finesse. From what is being claimed as "the vintage of a lifetime" this wine is a perfect combination of fruit, structure & sensuality. Endlessly smooth, soft & complex with easily 10-20 years of cellaring. ... Learn More
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  40. Denis Bachelet Cotes De Nuits Villages 2015
    A very strong example of the 2015 vintage, with the nose jumping from the glass in a superb blend of black cherries, black plums, raw cocoa and a nice framing of nutty new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, ... Learn More
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