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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. 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
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    NZ$37.00 Per item
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  7. 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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  8. 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
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  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Greywacke Pinot Noir 2018
    Bob Campbell: "Elegant, fragrant, almost ethereal pinot noir with violet, cherry and red fruit flavours, plus a seasoning of spices and nutty oak." Marlborough is now a serious contender among any list of NZ's best Pinot Noirs. The fruit for ... Learn More
    Greywacke Pinot Noir 2018
    NZ$46.99 Per item
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  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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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  17. 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
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  18. 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 single vineyard wine from the Inlet vineyard, one of the best in Bannockburn. This engaging and mesmerising wine offers a seductive bouquet which shows aromas of ... Learn More
  19. 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 single vineyard wine from the Black Rabbit vineyard, one of the best in Bannockburn. This engaging and mesmerising wine offers a seductive bouquet which shows sweet ... Learn More
  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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
  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Two Paddocks Proprietors Reserve The Fusilier Pinot Noir 2018
    James Suckling: "Fresh aromas of red cherries and red-plum pastry here. This has very attractive, alluring style." Situated in Bannockburn, the vineyard is named after Sam Neill's father who ran the family's wine merchant business Neill & Co. The Fusilier is 5.6 ... Learn More
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  29. Two Paddocks Proprietors Reserve The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2018
    Traditionally a blend of predominantly Alexandra fruit from their Last Chance and Red Bank farm vineyards. Sam Neill and team have upped the ante by launching their now fully-accredited organic status with BioGro logos on their labels. Aromas of bright ... Learn More
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  30. Palliser Estate Wharekauhau Pinot Noir 2018
    Palliser Estate is one of Martinborough's most established names, producing sustainably grown wines that are world renowned. Floral and herbal notes evoking cherry, rose, violet and thyme deliver a fragrant aromatic presence to complete a wine replete with style and ... Learn More
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  31. 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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  32. Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Bob Campbell: 93/100 "A very good example of Marlborough pinot noir with red fruits, a suggestion of floral and attractive spicy oak that flatters rather than competes with winemaker artefact." James Suckling: 93/100 "Very layered and all seamlessly integrated with bright red ... Learn More
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  33. Rippon Tinkers Field Pinot Noir 2017
    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
  34. Dry River Pinot Noir 2019
    One of New Zealand's most iconic wineries! There is a light charred oak note present, similar to toasted almonds. Flowery aromas like cherry blossom, violets and Christmas lilies are combined with plums, boysenberry and liquorice. The palate, too, has an ... Learn More
  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Dry River Pinot Noir 2012 Library Release
    An amazing library release from one of New Zealand's most iconic wineries! The pioneers of collectable fine wine in Aotearoa. The nose is loaded with bright red berry fruit and alludes to the softness and elegance of the wine to ... Learn More
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  38. Henri Richard Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Corvees 2016
    Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974, a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume ... Learn More
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  39. Henri Richard Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Corvees 2012
    Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974, a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume ... Learn More
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  40. Henri Richard Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Corvees 2017
    Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974, a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume ... Learn More
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