The Best Pinot Noir In Australia, According To People Who Drink It For A Living (2022)

Sometimes you’re after a full-bodied red to accompany a thick, juicy steak. Other times you might be after a refreshing white, to go with fish and carefully cooked vegetables. Of course: you should stock your cellar accordingly.

However, if you’re after a safe bet for all occasions, look no further than a quality Pinot Noir. Although it has a reputation for being delicate, Pinot Noir is no less complex than any other varietal of red wine. Its fragility however, has led to some popular misconceptions such as: “You can have good Pinot Noir wine or cheap Pinot Noir; but you can’t have both.”

We’re pleased to say that this is no longer the case: with its increasing popularity, Australia’s Pinot Noir makers are planting more, and have access to better technology and skills than ever before, thus lowering the financial ‘barrier to entry’ to this notoriously hard to grow wine. In other words: you no longer have to sell a kidney to get your hands on one of the sultriest, silkiest wines around.

So what makes Pinot Noir so special? Why does it have (relative to say, Shiraz) a small, cult like following, while being undervalued by the rest of us? Why is it so romanticised?

One reason is that Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes in the world, belonging to a family that has been around since Roman times. As such, it is related to Muscat Blanc (a rare white grape with only 50 acres around Piedmont Italy) and the nearly extinct Gouais Blanc (allegedly the grape of middle age Europe).

Also: it’s a little more subtle, lending itself to people who appreciate (or who like to pretend they can appreciate) the delicate, micro-aspects of a vintage. Instead of jumping out at you, Pinot’s cool-climate acidity, low tannins and a tasteful spattering of red berries, dance together on your palate to create a gentle “wow” factor rather than an overpowering “bang.”

Bearing that in mind, don’t buy Pinot Noir expecting the full-on flavour of a big red; with this varietal, you should be searching for delicacy, length, harmony and finesse. To that end, we asked some of Australia’s leading sommeliers for their picks for (and thoughts on) Australia’s top seven Pinot Noir vintages (and makers).

From “guaranteed crowd-pleasers” to “hidden gems,” allow this list to guide your tastebuds (and reputation as a dinner party host) in the right direction.

Under $20

Take It To The Grave Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

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Dan Murphy’s two cents: Take It To The Grave Pinot Noir is blood red in colour with a lifted and varietal nose of wild strawberries, ripe plums and cherries. The palate is rich and expressive with supple cherry and red berried fruit, a beautifully lush mouth-feel matched by fine tannins and soft acidity that provide structure and length.

“Simultaneously sweet and savoury with red/black cherry, anise and boysenberry providing plenty of juicy flavour. That’s the thing: it serves fruit sweetness but then tempers it beautifully. Spice notes add to the show. Fantastic value in a pinot noir context.” (Expert reviewer, Wine Front).

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Ninth Island Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

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Dan Murphy’s two cents: Ninth Island Pinot Noir is a sensational cool-climate Pinot Noir from the makers of Piper’s Brook. Tasmania is now recognised as a world class Pinot region and with wines of this quality one can see why!

“Ninth Island does fragrantly pretty pinot noir better than most. Perfumed, filled with cherries, plush redcurrants and plums. A lick of strawberries with a hint of smoky oak and fine acidity. Delicious.” (Dan Murphy’s wine panel, expert reviewer).

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Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2017

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Dan Murphy’s two cents: True to the [Pinot Noir] variety this one is fresh and fruit-driven, dripping with cherries, plums and strawberries. Drink with duck cassoulet with sweet spice!

“This is a lovely drink, with some sous-bois complexity, sappy tannins and bright red fruit.” (Expert reviewer, Max Allen).

Under $30

Silent Way Pinot Noir

Vintage:2017

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Picked by:Mark Willoughby, head honcho at Esoterica Wine & Food.

Mark’s two cents: Macedon Pinot doesn’t come for this price…good pinot noir doesn’t get sold for this price…and yet. Made by the great Matt Harrop of Shadowfax and now Curly Flat fame, a super keen price for a wine that shows all the tricks…Cherry and cranberry meet spice, clove and vanilla. Sure it’s not great Burgundy, but it doesn’t need to be for the money.

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Payten & Jones VV Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

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Vino Mofo’s two cents: This Payten & Jones Pinot Noir from Melbourne’s Yarra Valley is like one of those light-and-bright, innocently fruited pinots usually found in this price bracket has come of age in grand style. It’s not too heavy, nor too dark, but there’s a depth of flavour enough to lose yourself in for hours. The fun label belies the complexity within, and there’s serious cellar potential here, without doubt. Raspberries, cherries and exotic spices, dusted with very fine white pepper and a back palate hint of vanilla yoghurt. Simply divine!

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Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

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Dan Murphy’s two cents: With its fruit sourced from cool climate Tasmanian vineyards, this wine is bright cherry red with the nose showing vibrant primary fruits of sour cherry and pomegranate that meld with subtle spicy char aromas of French Oak. The palate shows lively primary red fruits, supported with a hint of stalk influence giving a linear structure that is long and defined.

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Under $50

Bay Of Fires

Vintage: 2016

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Picked by: Dan Murphy’s wine panel.

Dan Murphy’s two cents: It isn’t hard to see why Tasmania is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Australia”s greatest cool-climate Pinot regions with wines like this. However: Bay of Fires Pinot Noir is always produced is such limited quantities, you need to get in quick to secure some.

“Cherry, Turkish delight, spice, meaty whole bunch funk, pepper. Medium bodied, spicy, meaty, plenty of ripe jubey fruit, silky feel yet firm through the mouth, pulling almost stalky and strict on the finish,” (expert reviewer, Gary Walsh).

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Penfolds Max’s Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

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Dan Murphy’s two cents: Enticing aromatics, with exotic fruits of the forest leaping from the glass. Raspberry, black cherry, olive tapenade and oolong tea are framed by a subtle char-toast character. Hints of sea spray and a distinct Campari note linger.

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Saint Clair Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2016

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Booze Bud’s two cents: Full-bodied with Morello cherry flavours and a fine silky structure showing fresh vanilla pod, blackberry and blueberry with spice on the finish. Aromatic floral notes combined with red berry notes and a slight earthy richness.

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Under $100

Paringa Estate

Vintage: 2015

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Picked by: Dan Murphy’s wine panel.

The wine panel’s two cents:This wine shows superb varietal aromas of cherry, plum and spice, and the palate is long, textured and complex. With the ability to be cellared for the medium to long term, Lindsay McCall”s Estate Pinot is a certainty to be included in any cellar of a great Pinot Noir lover.

“One of the richest, plushest and most enjoyable Pinots in the land; Paringa still makes one of the best in the business.”

Buy @ Dan Murphys$64

Sinapius “The Enclave” Pinot Noir

Vintage 2016

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Picked by:Sean McManus, Sommelier at French restaurant Hubert in Sydney’s CBD, and Italian restaurant Alberto, Surrey Hills.

Sean’s two cents: 2016 saw temperatures well above average, and larger quantities of clean excellent fruit grown. That being said Tasmania generally works off very low yielding fruit on regular vintages. Which means this 100% dry grown (no irrigation) vintage, on 10 million year old soils, is a cracker. This enclave Pinot noir is hand picked and wild fermented for nearly 24 days resulting in sweet red fruits with seductive whispers of smoke and game. A palette that is long and layered almost ethereal with fruit spices and melting tannin that is built for ageing whilst showcasing its balance and purity; it screams red burgundy.

Buy @ Sinapius$80

Farr Farrside Pinot Noir

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Vintage: 2016

Picked by:Chris Sheehy,Champagne Ambassador at Pernod Ricard.

Chris’ two cents: fruit forward and rich with lovely balance; a real crowd pleaser. Campbell Mattinson, from Wine Frontadds: “It’s cut with acid, plump with fruit, spicy, svelte and silken. It’s simultaneously tangy, plush and long. Some wines get a lot of mileage out of an inherent tension, and this is one such wine.”

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Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir

Vintage:2017

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Picked by Nick Stamford.

Nick’s two cents:From a beautiful site in Macedon, planted in 1988. The 30 year old vines are now producing a silky textured pinot of great length and intensity but in a beautifully elegant frame. This pinot is one of Australia’s somewhat hidden gems. Unlike many Australian pinots, it has an ability to age effortlessly for 10-20 years and remain delicious and intriguing throughout the journey.

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Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir

Vintage:2017

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Picked by:Chiara Danieli, head sommelier at Matteo Downtown.

Chiara’s two cents:Intensely aromatic, balanced with savoury spice notes from whole bunch fermentation, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and firm tannins. The 2017 vintage is very perfumed, medium bodied and approachable.

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Pinot Noir FAQ

Is Pinot Noir sweet?

No. Dry wines like Pinot Noir tend to be less sweet since they have no leftover sugar after fermentation. Pinot Noir is light and fruity, but not sweet.

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How is Pinot Noir best served?

It is best served slightly chilled. You can cool your bottle of Pinot Noir for two hours in the refrigerator or around 15 minutes in the freezer. If in ice and water, it should take about five minutes.

What food pairs well with Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir pairs well with different kinds of food. You can pair it with fish or chicken, pasta dishes and beef stews. For cheeses, it matches nicely with nutty ones like a Gruyere or delicate washed rind cheeses like a Taleggio.

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Where is the best pinot noir grown in Australia? ›

Tasmania has an ideal climate for Pinot Noir, for both Sparkling and table wine production. Some of the most exciting Australian Pinot Noir is produced in Tasmania, particularly on the east coast. Among the top Tassie Pinot producers are the likes of Josef Chromy, Pooley Wines, Holm Oak, and Tamar Ridge.

What is the best pinot noir come from? ›

France. Burgundy is known as the original cultivation area for pinot noir so these wines are in very high demand. Introductory value wines from this region have tart cherry and earthy flavors with a green stem note to them.

What is a good expensive pinot noir? ›

The World's Most Expensive Pinot Noirs
Wine NameScoreAve Price
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru97$21,976
Domaine Roumier Musigny Grand Cru96$15,705
Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru98$11,315
Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru97$8688
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Does Australia make good pinot noir? ›

Australia has had great success with the pinot noir grape variety, with exceptional wines coming from cool-climate growing areas such as Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Macedon Ranges, Adelaide Hills, Geelong and Tasmania.

Why is pinot noir the healthiest wine? ›

Pinot Noir is rated as the healthiest wine because of the high levels of resveratrol. It is made of grapes with thin skin, has low sugar, fewer calories, and low alcohol content. Sagrantino made in Italy contains the highest concentration of antioxidants and is packed with tannins.

What is the difference between Pinot Noir and shiraz? ›

Pinot is earthy, lighter in colour, and shows medium to low tannin density. It is flexible & easy-drinking, pairing well with distinct types of food & flavours. Shiraz produces deeply coloured wines with firm tannins, and characteristic flavours of spicy blackberry, plum and pepper.

How many types of Pinot Noir are there? ›

There are over 40 different clones of Pinot Noir documented in the Catalogue of Grapevine Varieties and Clones and about 15 of these clones are popular throughout the world because of their quality.

What is Adelaide Hills known for? ›

The Adelaide Hills are home to some of South Australia's best food, wine and scenery, and it's all so easy to access along the Epicurean Way road trip.

Is Pinot Noir good for arthritis? ›

Moderation. Pinot noir has tremendous health benefits. It may help to prevent heart disease and relieve arthritis.

Which region Pinot Noir is best? ›

Burgundy. Burgundy is sometimes called the holy grail of holy grails, home to best pinot noir in the world. Located on the 47th north parallel, the Côte d'Or is home to around 11,000 acres of pinot noir, second only to Champagne.

What should a good Pinot Noir taste like? ›

Typically, Pinot Noir is dry, light- to medium-bodied, with bright acidity, silky tannins and alcohol that ranges between 12–15%. The best Pinot Noir taste has complex flavors that include cherry, raspberry, mushroom and forest floor, plus vanilla and baking spice when aged in French oak.

How much is a good bottle of Pinot Noir? ›

Common Pinot Noir Wine Prices List
NameAverage PriceRegion
Cline Cellars Estate Pinot Noir$15Sonoma Coast, USA
Acacia Vineyard Pinot Noir$20Carneros, USA
Alouette Pinot Noir$26Sonoma County, USA
The Great Oregon Wine Company 'Rascal' Pinot Noir$13Willamette Valley, USA
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How much does a good Pinot Noir cost? ›

Common Pinot Noir Wine Prices
TypeSizeAverage Price
La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir750mlAround $23.19
Line 39 Pinot Noir750mlAround $9.55
Mark West Pinot Noir750mlAround $10.99
Meiomi Pinot Noir750mlAround $20.46
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Should Pinot Noir be chilled? ›

Note: One that seems to surprise nearly everyone (even in restaurants) is the 55-60°F recommendation for Pinot Noir. Because Pinot is more delicate, acidic and lower-tannin than most other red wines, it is best showcased slightly chilled.

What is French pinot noir? ›

Pinot Noir (French: [pino nwaʁ]) is a red-wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black.

Is Pinot Noir nice? ›

The light, bright and juicy character of pinot noir has made it one of the most enduringly popular red wines around. Wines made from pinot noir grapes are famously fresh and drinkable, yet sophisticated, pairing well with many foods or enjoyed alone.

What is Pinot Noir Chardonnay? ›

Chardonnay - Pinot Noir Wine

Chardonnay – Pinot Noir are commonly blended together to produce sparkling wines around the world. The best cuvees are typically made in the traditional methode champenoise (though charmat and carbonation are possible) and may be produced as vintage or non-vintage wines.

What does drinking pinot noir say about you? ›

Pinot Noir

This signature drink is a very popular and sophisticated wine choice that's beloved by many. If your one of them, you're as classy as they come! You're a hard worker and enjoy being successful at everything you do. You make smart decisions and are respected by those around you.

Why is pinot noir not popular? ›

The complex flavour palate is second to none in the wine world, with a smooth body and fantastic ageing. It is unfortunate that the grapes are notoriously difficult to grow, as the ever-increasing demand and difficulty in growing make Pinot noir quite an expensive wine.

What kind of wine is good for kidneys? ›

Conclusions: Plasma markers of chronic inflammation were significantly reduced in CKD patients during the combined consumption of white wine and olive oil, suggesting a possible anti-inflammatory effect of this nutritional intervention.

Which is stronger Shiraz or Pinot Noir? ›

Shiraz is bolder than Pinot Noir. However, the wine that is produced in cooler areas is more fruity in flavour. You will taste blackcurrants, blackberries, and boysenberries. The wines produced in warmer climates are more intense.

What wine is most similar to Pinot Noir? ›

Gamay, found most notably in Beaujolais, is a light-bodied red wine that's similar in taste to Pinot Noir. In fact, this variety is a cousin of Pinot Noir and it grows primarily next to Burgundy, France (Pinot motherland) in a region called Beaujolais.

Which is better Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir? ›

Pinot Noir is elegant and thin and needs a delicate palette to appreciate its finesse, while Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and bold and gives a punch in every sip you drink. One of the great differences between Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon is the thickness of its skin.

Why is Pinot Noir more expensive? ›

Pinot Noir, and especially Burgundy from France, is some of the most expensive wine on the market. The reason is because Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grapes to grow in the wine world. A combination of factors makes this finicky grape a farmer's headache during the growing season.

How do you drink Pinot Noir? ›

Perfect Temperature: Pinot noir is best served slightly chilled at about 55°F. 2. Don't Decant: Pinot noir is read to be served out of the bottle and does not necessarily need to be decanted.

Is Pinot Noir good for beginners? ›

Pinot Noir is the best red wine for beginners since it's light-bodied, not too bold, and soft on tannins. The wines are generally dry, earthy with notes of cherry and raspberry. The Pinot Noir grape is used to make varietal as well as red blend wines.

How far is Adelaide Hills from the city? ›

Only a 20 minute drive from Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills offers the rare combination of proximity to a capital city with the feel of being a world away.

Is Hahndorf worth visiting? ›

Hahndorf. The most popular town to visit in the Adelaide Hills is Hahndorf, heritage listed because of the historic buildings that were built here when it was a German settlement in 1839.

How many wineries are in Adelaide Hills? ›

With more than 60 wineries to choose from, there is literally a cellar door around every corner. Just 20 minutes drive from the city, the Adelaide Hills is closer to a capital city than any other wine region in the world.

What wine is best for arthritis? ›

Red wine. Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol, which has potent anti-inflammatory effects. Studies show that red wine consumption is associated with a reduced risk of knee-related osteoarthritis. It can also cut risk factors contributing to rheumatoid arthritis.

Which red wine is most anti-inflammatory? ›

Malbec. As an especially thick-skinned variety, Malbec claims higher antioxidant levels than other red wines especially in terms of resveratrol. This variety has two to four times the amount of anti-inflammatory, health boosting antioxidants than other popular red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Which alcohol is good for knee pain? ›

Red wine has a compound in it called resveratrol, which has well-established anti-inflammatory effects. Some studies show wine consumption is associated with a reduced risk of knee OA, and moderate drinking is also associated with a reduced risk of RA.

Which is better Pinot Noir or merlot? ›

Merlot wine is soft, medium-bodied, with low tannin and acidity. It has charming plum and pomegranate with red fruit and earthy flavors. Pinot Noir is the smoothest red wine with a velvety texture and raspberry and plum flavors. It also seduces you with strawberry and red cherry aromas.

What country grows the most Pinot Noir? ›

Pinot Noir is the most planted red grape in Germany. Here, they call it Spätburgunder. Germany is the third-largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world, after France and the United States. For a country that most people associate with white wines, there is quite a lot of red wine in Germany.

How do you store Pinot Noir? ›

Storage Temps for Pinot Noir

You can store pinot noir in a wine refrigerator, which is at a good temp to help extend its longevity. If you store wine at too warm of a temperature for extended periods (usually greater than 65°F or 18°C), it can prematurely age the wine or cause its flavors to break down.

Do you refrigerate Pinot Noir after opening? ›

Just as you store open white wine in the refrigerator, you should refrigerate red wine after opening. Beware that more subtle red wines, like Pinot Noir, can start turning "flat" or taste less fruit-driven after a few days in the refrigerator.

How long should you age Pinot Noir? ›

“Almost any well-made Willamette Valley reserve or single-vineyard Pinot Noir should easily age 15 to 20 years, but my favorite vintages for aging tend to be cooler weather years that have great freshness and vibrancy to the fruit.

What type of red wine is healthiest? ›

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is considered the healthiest red wine you can drink. Unlike many of the reds on this list, Pinot grapes have a thin skin, so Pinot Noir has low tannins but high levels of resveratrol.

What is the difference between pinot noir and shiraz? ›

Pinot is earthy, lighter in colour, and shows medium to low tannin density. It is flexible & easy-drinking, pairing well with distinct types of food & flavours. Shiraz produces deeply coloured wines with firm tannins, and characteristic flavours of spicy blackberry, plum and pepper.

Do you chill pinot noir? ›

Note: One that seems to surprise nearly everyone (even in restaurants) is the 55-60°F recommendation for Pinot Noir. Because Pinot is more delicate, acidic and lower-tannin than most other red wines, it is best showcased slightly chilled.

What is French pinot noir? ›

Pinot Noir (French: [pino nwaʁ]) is a red-wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black.

What kind of grape is pinot noir? ›

Pinot Noir grapes are one of the most ancient varieties of domesticated vitis vinifera, the vine that makes the world's most famous wine grapes. Its first known mention of this red wine grape spelled as Pinot (Pineau was another common spelling) in literature dates back to a Burgundian text from 1375.

Which is stronger Shiraz or Pinot Noir? ›

Shiraz is bolder than Pinot Noir. However, the wine that is produced in cooler areas is more fruity in flavour. You will taste blackcurrants, blackberries, and boysenberries. The wines produced in warmer climates are more intense.

What wine is most similar to Pinot Noir? ›

Gamay, found most notably in Beaujolais, is a light-bodied red wine that's similar in taste to Pinot Noir. In fact, this variety is a cousin of Pinot Noir and it grows primarily next to Burgundy, France (Pinot motherland) in a region called Beaujolais.

Which is better Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir? ›

Pinot Noir is elegant and thin and needs a delicate palette to appreciate its finesse, while Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and bold and gives a punch in every sip you drink. One of the great differences between Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon is the thickness of its skin.

Should you put Pinot Noir in the fridge? ›

Ideally, store pinot noir and other wines in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment away from light and vibration. You can store pinot noir in a wine refrigerator, which is at a good temp to help extend its longevity.

Should I refrigerate Pinot Noir after opening? ›

Just as you store open white wine in the refrigerator, you should refrigerate red wine after opening. Beware that more subtle red wines, like Pinot Noir, can start turning "flat" or taste less fruit-driven after a few days in the refrigerator.

How long should you keep Pinot Noir? ›

Pinot Noir: 5 years. Merlot: 3-5 years. Zinfandel: 2-5 years. Chardonnay: 2-3 years.

What should I look for in a Pinot Noir? ›

Typically, Pinot Noir is dry, light- to medium-bodied, with bright acidity, silky tannins and alcohol that ranges between 12–15%. The best Pinot Noir taste has complex flavors that include cherry, raspberry, mushroom and forest floor, plus vanilla and baking spice when aged in French oak.

Why is Pinot Noir expensive? ›

Pinot Noir, and especially Burgundy from France, is some of the most expensive wine on the market. The reason is because Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grapes to grow in the wine world. A combination of factors makes this finicky grape a farmer's headache during the growing season.

What was a good year for French Pinot Noir? ›

In looking at French Pinot Noirs, the vintages considered the best include 2014, 2010, 2008 and 1996. 2010, in particular, is exemplified by a very clean and pure grape that still exudes ripe fruit flavors that are perfectly balanced, without being too rich or powerful.

What is Australia's most important wine grape? ›

SHIRAZ. Bright, bold and full of personality, Shiraz is Australia's most popular variety. It grows in almost every wine region of Australia, accounts for one-quarter of total wine production and is our most exported wine.

How do you make Pinot Noir taste better? ›

7 Ways to Make Bad Wine Drinkable
  1. Chill it down.
  2. Adulterate it.
  3. If it's red, drink it with mushrooms.
  4. If it's sweet, drink it with something spicy.
  5. If it's oaky, drink it while you're grilling.
  6. Drop a penny into it.
  7. Bake it into a chocolate cake.
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How do you drink Pinot Noir? ›

Perfect Temperature: Pinot noir is best served slightly chilled at about 55°F. 2. Don't Decant: Pinot noir is read to be served out of the bottle and does not necessarily need to be decanted.

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