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. 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
  2. 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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    Bob Campbell MW
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. 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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    Sam Kim
  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. SECRET DEAL CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2018
    100% Bendigo, Central Otago. A concentrated bouquet of brambly fruit, black 'cherry cola' & plum flavours with hints of violets and wild thyme. Alluring on the palate, boysenberry and black cherry aromas integrated with spicy, toasty oak. Excellent balance, focused acidity, harmonious ... Learn More
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
    WILD EARTH PINOT NOIR 2008
    Special Price NZ$64.99 Per item Regular Price NZ$75.00 Per item
  12. 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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  13. 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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    Michael Cooper
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  14. 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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    Michael Cooper
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  15. 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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    Michael Cooper
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. VALLI 'GIBBSTON VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2011
    A very rare library stock release direct from Valli's cellars. A classic Gibbston Pinot just starting to show the benefits of ageing. It is all spices and florals, acidity, length and elegance, with more old world characters than new, especially ... Learn More
  20. DRY RIVER PINOT NOIR 2017
    One of New Zealand's most iconic wineries! The nose is very attractive, with a perfume-like finesse, but still with the classical Dry River characters of fruit of the forest, plum, berry compote & a gentle touch of oak. A dynamic palate ... Learn More
    DRY RIVER PINOT NOIR 2017
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. CROWN RANGE CELLAR "SIGNATURE SELECTION" GRANT TAYLOR PINOT NOIR 2017
    An extremely limited, individually numbered release, made by Grant Taylor. Pure, vibrant Pinot Noir with red cherry, subtle herb, raspberry & spice from Gibbston Valley. 33% whole bunch pressed and aged for 11 months in 33% new oak- a beautifully refined & elegant wine. ... Learn More
  28. DENIS BACHELET GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1ER CRU "LES CORBEAUX" 2015
    Reputed for the depth and cellaring potential of its wines, Denis Bachelet proposes a Gevrey-Chambertin which undeniably pays homage to the mythical appellation of Côte de Nuits. Powerful and concentrated, it releases aromas of dark fruits, violet and dry ... Learn More
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