Pinot noir


Pinot noir is arguably the most exciting red wine variety in Australia at present, and when you add New Zealand in, it’s double the fun. I’ve added 69 new pinot noir reviews this month, and the trends are firstly the strengths of the 2012 and 2010 vintages, and the number of wineries now fielding multiple single-vineyard bottlings. In Mornington, Montalto and Foxeys Hangout; in the Yarra, Giant Steps.

From Tasmania, there are two wonderful Pooley wines, priced at a charitable $35 and $40. Paringa Estate is no stranger, and its 2010 Estate pinot top-scored with 96 points.

The top By Farr pinot, Tout Pres ($100+), completes a stunning array of 2011 vintage releases from that winery. It’s due for an October release.

Spring Vale, from Tasmania’s East Cast, joins the legendary Freycinet Vineyard as a source of great pinot from the Freycinet Peninsula.

Legendary wine PR guru and Gruen Nation panelist Stuart Gregor joins the pinot-rush with a new one: Dirty Three from Gippsland, and it’s a beauty.

The best value is probably 3 Drops, from WA’s Great Southern at $28 and 94 points – but there are still several pinot producers keeping the others honest, such as Medhurst, Goaty Hill, Picardy, Paracombe and the aforesaid Pooley, some of which are well south of the $40 mark. Enjoy.

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