About The Pack
Finding good value Pinot Noir made by true artisan producers is a difficult thing.
Pinot's delicate nature means it needs to be nursed to bottle. That extra care takes time and money, hence the soaring price of the best examples in the country. This pack proves you can still find top-notch Pinot Noir under $30 in Aus.
These six Pinot Noirs are from some of the top Pinot producers in the country. These are their best value offerings.
A no-brainer pack for the Pinotphiles out there.
2019 Stoney Rise Pinot Noir
"This Pinot drinks like a Barbaresco."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Joe Holyman is one of the leading lights of Tasmanian wine.
His Stoney Rise Pinot Noir always massively over-delivers, and this is no exception. With a wealth of experience from across the global wine scene, Joe along with his wife Lou, have become the proprietors of the old Rotherhythe vineyard in northern Tasmania. From a vineyard that needed some serious TLC, they have been producing some top shelf Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for over a decade. This is serious stuff.
The Stoney Rise range, as James Halliday once observed, is all about "focusing on fruit and early drinkability", immediate drinking pleasure is the goal and boy have they nailed it here. It comes from 50% estate-grown fruit and 50% from Joe's growers, and it's a vibrant, refreshing, effortless style of Tasmanian Pinot.
More complexity than you'll almost ever see for under $30 and one of Tasmania's true bargains.Read more about 2019 Stoney Rise Pinot Noir
2018 Gilbert Pinot Noir
Young Will Gilbert is doing a lot of things right in his effort to elevate the status of Pinot Noir from Orange.
This is a tasty example of Pinot done his way.
A little bit of whole bunch action (15%), only a dab of new oak (20%), a good stint in bottle before release. It's all come up trumps.
This delivers very good very. A daily-drinking wine that will scratch that Pinot nicely.Read more about 2018 Gilbert Pinot Noir
2018 Garagiste Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir
Barney Flanders loves Pinot Noir, and his 2018 release of the value-packed Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir is another home run.
Made from a blend of fruit from Barney's outstanding single vineyards, with the best fruit from the Teurong and Balnarring Single Vineyard wines making their way into the blend this year. This represents the essence of Mornington Peninsular Pinot Noir.
Just 10% whole bunches used in the ferment this year with the emphasis squarely on ripe Pinot fruit, showcasing the impeccable vineyard management and winemaking of this Mornington guru.
It's unfined and unfiltered, with plenty of savoury complexity to balance the finish.
Value for money wise, this is an Australian Pinot Noir star.Read more about 2018 Garagiste Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir
2019 Two Tonne Tasmania Ziggurat Pinot Noir
The Ziggurat Pinot Noir from young Ricky Evans is a delicious, highly-gluggable version of Pinot Noir built for early drinking.
This wine is made from two different vineyards that Ricky manages. The fruit from these sites is more red fruited and juicy than his more moody and savoury TMV or Dog & Wolf Pinot Noirs. This fruit is primed for this Cru-Beaujolais-inspired style of wine that Ricky loves to make and drink.
This is about trying to find different expressions of this hallowed variety. Ziggurat is made to be a delicious early drinker, with Gamay-esque mouthfeel and tantalisingly vibrant flavours.
It's downright delicious.Read more about 2019 Two Tonne Tasmania Ziggurat Pinot Noir
2019 Murdoch Hill Pinot Noir
Michael Downer is working some magic with the wines under the Murdoch Hill banner. An inspired young winemaker taking the brand in a good direction.
The fruit from their home estate in Oakbank makes up a portion of the Murdoch Hill Pinot Noir, with the balance coming from premium local vineyards. Michael treats it gently. It's an easy wine to like. Slender in frame, ample "pinotsity" to keep the Pinot fanatics in their seats and outstanding value.
It's a wine that feels like it went to bottle effortlessly. If you are on the hunt for quality Pinot Noir under the $30 threshold, Michael's will unquestionably deliver the goods.Read more about 2019 Murdoch Hill Pinot Noir
2018 Denton View Hill Shed Pinot Noir
The Denton Shed wines are made as young, vibrant wines with a high drinkability factor which doesn't compromise complexity.
Made by Luke Lambert, the Pinot Noir is the product of astute winemaking and a unique site. This saw a fairly high proportion of the wine fermented as whole bunches giving the pop of bright fruit you get with carbonic maceration.
It's purposely built in a 'nouveau' style and drinks as well now as it will in five years time.
This is a delicious, medium-bodied, approachable style of Yarra Pinot Noir.Read more about 2018 Denton View Hill Shed Pinot Noir