- Pinot noir is a crowd-pleaser. While appearing light and bright in the glass, top examples have the complexity and structure to reward careful cellaring, and when enjoyed young, pinot is fruit-forward, food-friendly and delicious. Try these six styles from cool climates across the country.
2019 Pooley Wines Butcher’s Hill Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Medium crimson colour with a purple rim. Ripe raspberry, rose, bay leaf and herbal nuances on the nose, with earthy shiitake undertones. Black cherry, soy and ginger, and juicy red berry fruits make for a lifted and expressive wine with graphite tannin and crunchy acid.
2018 Yarra Yering Pinot Noir
It has a violet perfume, plus mixed cherries with a pinch of aniseed spice. Generous fruit and a silky elegance combine with fine tannin structure. Its medium-bodied weight belies its underlying power.
2019 Mewstone Wines Hughes&Hughes Pinot Noir
A luscious style of pinot noir with generous blue fruits adding to its crunchy red berry foundations. Soft tannins support full flavours and ripe acidity, representing the warm and sunny 2019 vintage. Pair it with classic, simple dishes like margherita pizza.
2018 Nepenthe Altitude Pinot Noir
This great value pinot noir is bright crimson with lifted aromas of dark cherries and potpourri. Medium-bodied with raspberry and cherry fruit flavours plus hints of dried herbs, it has a soft, mouth-filling texture complemented by a long, silky finish.
2018 Sidewood Abel Pinot Noir
It has aromas of dark cherry, Davidson plum and pine forest floor. The palate combines flavours of wild berries and allspice with seamless tannins and a fine, complex finish. Pair it with sous-vide venison backstrap and blackberries.
2018 Yering Station Pinot Noir
An intense perfume of blue flowers and paradise spice lead into a cherry-filled palate, interwoven with elegant, savoury spice and silky, fine-grained tannins. Pair it with richer dishes like wild mushroom risotto.
RRP $65 | Drink to 2035 | pooleywines.com.au
RRP $105 | Drink to 2028 | yarrayering.com
RRP $35 | Drink to 2025 | mewstonewines.com.au
RRP $22 | Drink to 2025 | nepenthe.com.au
RRP $40 | Drink to 2030 | sidewood.com.au
RRP $40 | Drink to 2028 | yering.com
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
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