Pinot noir is a relatively expensive wine. True or false?
Compared with shiraz or cabernet perhaps, the answer is yes. It’s been true for some years that in order to procure the really good pinots, you need to pay upwards of AUD $50 or AUD $60.
However, curiously, I’m noticing that there are more and more really tasty, enjoyable pinots that sell for moderate prices. Perhaps it’s because there’s more pinot being grown and made, and wineries are seeing the need for a range of pinots at a spread of prices. And most prices haven’t risen much in recent years, if at all, in keeping with the low growth of wages and the CPI.
I decided to have a closer look at the 90 new pinot noir reviews that I uploaded recently. I went through the spreadsheet and pulled out those that were special value at affordable prices, ie AUD $35 or less.
Here’s the list.
- 2017 Wickhams Road Yarra Valley & Gippsland, both AUD $19 and both 89 points (this is Hoddles Creek Estate’s budget range)
- 2016 DCB AUD $20 and 91 points (Chris Bendle is the assistant winemaker at Hoddles Creek Estate)
- 2016 Chain Of Ponds Section 400 AUD $20 and 88 points
- 2016 Terra Felix AUD $25 and 89 points
- 2016 Bellvale (Gippsland) AUD $25 and 91 points
- 2016 Lambrook AUD $30 and 90 points
- 2016 Steels Gate AUD $30 and 91 points
- 2016 R. Paulazzo AUD $30 and 92 points
- 2014 Amen Break Wild Earth Vineyard AUD $30 and 92 points
- 2016 Montalto Pennon Hill AUD $32 and 91 points
- 2016 Emilian (Dixon’s Creek, Yarra Valley) AUD $33 and 93 points
- 2015 Scotchmans Hill AUD $35 and 92 points
- 2016 Hardys HRB AUD $35 and 92 points
- 2016 Tibooburra AUD $35 and 93 points
- 2015 Neudorf Tom’s Block (Nelson, NZ) AUD $35 and 94 points
- 2015 Riposte The Sabre AUD $35 and 90 points