Not an easy grape to grow, Pinot Noir is the red wine grape of Burgundy and is the second most widely planted and picked grape variety in New Zealand, predominantly grown in the cooler southerly wine regions of Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson, Waipara, Canterbury and Central Otago. New Zealand yields a Pinot Noir with good colouring and a soft, fruity palate.  The wine can be silky smooth with power strength and complexity.

The essence of Pinot Noir is its aromas and flavours of sweet strawberries, raspberries and cherries.  With age it develops complex earthy and mushroom characteristics.

Although Pinot Noir earns most of its notoriety from its still, red varietal wine, it’s also a vital ingredient in the production of New Zealand’s best sparkling white wines being produced in Marlborough.

New Zealand Pinot Noir is a premium red wine which has had a quick surge in popularity and quality; it stands tall alongside our world acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s most produced wine.

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Alexandra Wine Company Alex Gold Pinot Noir 2014

$31.00 $27.90

Deep purple with purple hues.  Perfumed on the nose with aromas of plum, cherry and violets, with Hints of mushroom, leather and spice.  Sweet red and black cherry flavours show on the palate together  with savoury mushroom and tobacco.  A medium bodied, complex wine which has ample fine grained,  mouth coating tannin and a long lingering finish.

Blue Gold Medal – Sydney Int Wine Comp 2014

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Alexandra Wine Company Davishon Pinot Noir 2013

$36.00 $32.40

Dark purple with purple hues.  Dark cherry and blackcurrant fruit on the nose, with aromas of dried herbs, cloves and spicy oak.  Sweet red and dark fruit on the palate, with some liquorice and spice.  A medium bodied wine, showing complexity and good concentration, with supple, fine grained tannin and a long mineral finish.

 

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Askerne Estate Pinot Noir 2016

$23.00 $20.70

Using traditional winemaking techniques for the Pinot Noir, has enabled us to produce a wine that expresses its sense of place. Soft red berry fruits along with toasty and savoury spice notes capture the aromatic profile. The palate is broad and silky smooth. Drink now or cellar for three to four years.

4 STARS – Raymond Chan

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Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2016

$37.00 $33.30

Crimson is our selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from our various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. 2016 marks 36 years on the land at Ata Rangi, our younger vines now aged from 5-20 years. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with time. The 2016 very much shows a turning point from vibrant youth to tension and complexity that more mature vines bring. Aromatically this wine offers layers of flavours: violets, dark cherry and plum, notes of bitter chocolate and tobacco with a faint whiff of rabbit guts. There is a fresh vibrancy on the palate of acid and smooth tannins pulling the wine through to a long, salivating finish. Cellaring 5 to 10 years.

5 STARS – Sam Kim, July 2017

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015

$76.00 $68.40

 

Only the oldest parcels of fruit are used in this, our premium Pinot Noir. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style. Exotic spice of star anise and sandalwood layer with dark cherry and rose petal on the nose. As is a hallmark of our Pinot, a savoury herbal note reminiscent of oregano offsets more overt fruit characters. The palate is bright, fluid and focused. Fine tannins build through the mid palate carrying the wine to a long elegant finish. Cellaring 10 to 20 years.

5 STARS – Bob Campbell MW, August 2017
5 STARS – Sam Kim, July 2017
5 STARS – Raymond Chan, October 2017
97 POINTS – Nick Scott, November 2017
96 POINTS – Cameron Douglas MS, August 2017

 

 

Aurum Estate Pinot Noir 2016

$39.00

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Mouth-filling, juicy and supple, it has concentrated, small red fruits, perfumes and spice flavours, with finely integrated oak adding complexity, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2019+. Appearance is deep garnet red.

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Babich Wines Organic Pinot Noir 2016

$38.00 $34.20

Aromas of wild herb and berry fruit with sweet, cherry flavours – lingering finish. Would go well with wild game or salmon.

GOLD MEDAL Global Pinot Noir Masters 2018

5 STARS – Winestate Magazine, Nov/Dec Issue

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Brightwater Vineyards Lord Rutherford Pinot Noir 2012

$51.00 $45.90

Rich and elegant with gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, berry fruit and a hint of violets. The palate shows ripeness, depth and complexity combining layers of cherry and savoury characters.

GOLD MEDAL – Spiegelau International Wine Competition
5 STARS (93 points) – Sam Kim, Wine Writer
4.5 STARS – Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
4 STARS – Michael Cooper’s Guide to New Zealand Wines
4 STARS (92 points) – Bob Campbell, Master of Wine

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Cable Bay Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2016

$38.00 $34.20

Aromas of red cherries, rose petal and sage integrate with underlying earthy tones . The site where this Pinot was grown is expressed wonderfully, especially on the palate; a delicate minerally texture has ensued from the riverstone built soils. The palate is vibrant and juicy with wonderful balance and a distinguished tannin structure. A gem from a fantastic vintage for the Awatere Valley. Game birds, pork terrine, cured meats. Enjoyable upon release and over the next 5-7 years.

4 STARS – Bob Campbell, July 2018

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Carrick Wines Excelsior Pinot Noir 2014

$96.00 $86.40

An intense nose showing floral aromatics, black cherries, plum and a touch of spice from the barrels providing a beautifully integrated wine. The front palate is layered with dark fruits, oriental spice and complex savoury flavours which support the fine grained tannins. The intensity of the front palate cascades into a lingering seamless finish. This is an intensely rich wine that will cellar until at least 2025 and drinking will give ongoing pleasure to the consumer.

5 STARS – Raymond Chan, July 2018

5 STARS – Michael Cooper, June 2017

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Carrick Wines Unravelled Pinot Noir 2017

$29.00 $26.10

This wine displays lots of vibrant fruit from red cherry, raspberry to blackberries with a hint of spice underneath. The front palate is packed with sweet bright fruit with the same red cherries and blackberries on the nose following through to the flavours. The soft tannins give this wine lovely mid-palate weight with a dark cocoa finish. This is a vibrant, fruit driven wine that can be cellared or enjoyed in its youth.

4 STARS – Raymond Chan, July 2018

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Cottier Estate Pinot Noir 2014

$29.50 $26.55

The small quantities of fruit used to create Cottier Pinot Noir have created a delicious wine with deep intensity. Complexity is added with subtle overtones of savoury oak, the result of 12 months in the finest French barriques. Deep, bright ruby red. Light berry fruits and redcurrants on the nose, with a hint of vanilla. Juicy dark fruits on the palate with a smooth, warm mouthfeel. A measured touch of oak provides a pleasant balance to the fruit flavours, offering a wonderfully smooth finish.

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Domain Road Paradise Pinot Noir 2013

$66.00 $59.40

The 2013 Paradise Pinot Noir is a vibrant deep purple in colour. On the nose it displays lifted perfumed notes of dark fruit, spice and violets. The palate has rich dark fruit with spicy, chary oak, leather and tobacco. A complex wine with fine grained silky tannins and a long lingering finish.

LIMITED RELEASE

5 STARS – Michael Cooper

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Domain Road Pinot Noir 2014

$39.00 $35.10

The 2014 Pinot Noir is a vibrant deep purple in colour. On the nose it displays bright red and dark fruit with dried herbs, spice, hints of vanilla and toasty oak. The palate has rich red berry fruit and black cherry with a touch of liquorice and leather. A complex wine with good concentration, fine grained silky tannins and a long lingering finish.

GOLD MEDAL – New Zealand Winegrowers Bragato Awards 2017

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Drumsara Pinot Noir 2012

$46.00 $43.70

On release this wine is a classic reflexion of Drumsara’s Pinot Noir, showing dark and wild fruits of cherry, plum, blueberry and marama strawberry, with an underlying hint of spices – thyme, liquorice and vanilla. The palate abounds in deep fruits, supplemented by vanilla beans and dark chocolate. The fine grained tanins and lively acidity give the wine length aging potential. Enjoy now – 2018.