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 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
  2. Anchor Bay Pinot Noir 2020
    Hand crafted wines from a family owned winery in the heart of Motueka. A soft & elegant Pinot Noir, with juicy aromatics of sweet plum & cherry. Red fruit flavours persist on the palate with smoky notes of dark chocolate & vanilla. A ... Learn More
  3. Aitken's Folly Rose 2021
    "Delicious young, the vivacious 2021 vintage was made from Pinot Noir, estate-grown and hand-picked at Wanaka. Bright pink, it is attractively scented, very fresh and lively, with rich cherry, strawberry and watermelon flavours, crisp, dryish and lingering." Michael Cooper, 4.5 stars "Named ... Learn More
    Aitken's Folly Rose 2021
    NZ$29.99 Per item
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    Michael Cooper
  4. Bodega Volcanes De Chile Reserva Pinot Noir 2020
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars from a winery focused on pure expressions of the impressive volcanic terroir of Chile, displaying the purity and typicity of each grape. An elegant Pinot Noir with vibrant acidity. A nose of fresh red fruits ... Learn More
  5. Ata Rangi Martinborough 'Crimson' Pinot Noir 2019
    Ata Rangi is perhaps the most iconic New Zealand Pinot Noir. A bright, elegant style that displays an earthy and savouriness, a style Martinborough has become renowned for. "This vintage has the intensity and structure that we love from Martinborough – ... Learn More
  6. The Tapui Collection Regional Pinot Noir 2020
    A pure expression from New Zealand's most loved Pinot Noir region- Central Otago. Bright ruby red with deep aromas of sweet plum, light cherry cola & hints of toasty truffles. Light-medium bodied with soft, inviting raspberry, plum & vanilla flavours, a firm ... Learn More
  7. Picnic by Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2020
    Two Paddocks make unashamedly premium Pinot Noir, but for the nights when your budget doesn't quite stretch to their awesome Estate and Single Vineyard range. Picnic Pinot Noir is a very credible and stylish substitute. With a picture of Sam's ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  8. Julicher 99 Rows Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017
    An artisanal Pinot Noir from the infamous Te Muna Rd vineyards in Martinborough that consistently over delivers. Lovely aromas of spiced cherries and plum, mocha and leather. Smooth and mouth filling on the palate, with lashings of spiced berries and ... Learn More
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    Cameron Douglas MS
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  9. Ataahua Pinot Noir 2018
    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 2018
    NZ$39.99 Per item
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    Cameron Douglas MS
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    Michael Cooper
  10. Locharburn Pinot Noir 2019
    Locharburn Vineyard and Wines is owned by Jenny and Chris Hill who are both ‘hands on’ in the vineyard and business. Sustainably grown & handpicked from this family owned & operated vineyard, this is a very stylish wine. Ruby hued red with ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  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
  12. Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2018
    The Bannockburn Pinot Noir perfectly displays the style that put Central Otago on the map. It is big and bold, bursting with vibrant red and black berries and a touch of savouriness, think wild mushroom and dried meats. It has ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  13. Aitken's Folly Pinot Noir 2017
    A perfumed pinot noir bursting with red berries, herbs and spice, with well-integrated oak. An elegant pinot. "Named after an ex colleague of Fiona suggested that what we were about to do amounted to a foolish move, a Folly by ... Learn More
  14. Ceres Composition Pinot Noir Library Release 2018
    A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. A composition of the Inlet & Black Rabbit vineyards, highlighting the best of Bannockburn. Soft, beautifully blended aromatics of ripe raspberry, sweet cherry and dark plum meld with ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Michael Cooper
  15. Aitken's Folly Pinot Noir 2014 Library Release
    A perfumed pinot noir displaying notes of cherry, strawberry jam, herbs and spice. The oak is well-integrated and the bottle age results in a smooth, elegant pinot full of complexity. "Named after an ex colleague of Fiona suggested that what ... Learn More
  16. Hawkshead Pinot Noir 2020
    In the glass, it sparkles like liquid ruby, the nose picks up, enticing red berries and plum aromatics, with escaping nuances of wild herbs and sweet spice. Fresh, ripe Raspberry and Morello Cherry notes can be found on the palate, ... Learn More
    Hawkshead Pinot Noir 2020
    NZ$48.99 Per item
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    Sam Kim
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    Michael Cooper
  17. 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
  18. Rippon 'Rippon' Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2018
    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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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
  19. Neudorf Home Block Moutere Pinot Noir 2020
    Classically rich with dark chocolate notes, layered with coffee, cigar smoke and soft, old leather. Something of a prohibition bar in the 20’s. But there is an elegance here that is truly graceful, a balance of dark fruit, fine tannin ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
  20. Valli 'Bendigo Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    Valli's Bendigo reflects the very warm climate of this area producing dark, rich, lush wines. Deep garnet hue with bright fruit aromas of blackberry, cherry, and mulberry with toasted almond, coffee and cedar. Fresh summer berries on the palate with ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  21. 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
  22. 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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    Michael Cooper
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    Bob Campbell MW
  23. Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2019
    Ata Rangi is perhaps the most iconic New Zealand Pinot Noir. A bright, elegant style that displays an earthy and savouriness, a style Martinborough has become renowned for. A full fragrant nose of sun-baked raspberry, red rose, anise and dark ... Learn More
  24. Two Paddocks Proprietors Reserve The Fusilier Pinot Noir 2019
    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
  25. Two Paddocks Proprietors Reserve The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2019
    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
  26. Valli 'Waitaki Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    A real gem for lovers of Waitaki, 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 sage, wild thyme and ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  27. Carrick Bannockburn 'Excelsior' Pinot Noir 2017
    16 barrels are carefully selected to create the finest of Carrick's pinot noirs, and only made in vintages worthy to carry the name "Excelsior". 18 months in barrel (30% new), followed by one year of bottle ageing before release, this flagship pinot displays ... Learn More
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    Cameron Douglas MS
  28. 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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    Sam Kim
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  29. 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
  30. Rippon Emma's Block Pinot Noir 2018
    A unique parcel within Rippon, Emma’s Block faces eastward on the lakefront where ancient clay reefs run laterally through fine schist gravels. Emma’s Block is named after the great-great-great grandmother of the current generation of the Mills family, ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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