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Nov 14, 2007 02:12 AM

Pinot Noirs

What's your favourite Pinot Noir? Either a specific wine or a region. I am really getting into the bigger NZ Pinots but also have time for the lighter VIC versions.

Since moving to Australia we have become rather obsessed with it and apart from a short Shiraz/Viognier phase have been drinking Pinot Noir exclusively.

My favourites have been from Coldstream Hills (VIC) & Roaring Meg Mt Difficulty (NZ). Also tried some super-duper reserves from Gibbston Valley winery that would be great but out of my price range for everyday drinking....

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  1. We will be traveling to the Central Otago region in Jan 2008. I have put Mt. Difficulty winery on my list of wineries to visit. Do you have any other suggestions besides the afore mentioned Coldstream Hills? We are from California and enjoy Russian River and Santa Lucia Highlands Pintos- if you know them. Thanks!

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    1. re: zinfanatic

      just to clarify, Coldstream Hills (VIC) is in Victoria, Australia not New Zealand.
      the stand out pinot in NZ for me is Chard Farm (not Chard Hill as I previously mentioned)

      I have since seen that they produce no less than 4 pinot.

      I think i tried the river run, but i really can't be sure ...

    2. Felton Road is really, really good for a Central Otago Pinot but probably not in the "everyday" category either, at least for me. Seems like the Marlborough Pinots are cheaper. I had a bunch of Gibbston Valley's Pinots when I was visiting Queenstown/Arrowtown a few years back, I wish I could find those in the states :(

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      1. re: jcoz23

        Indeed. The Marlborough Pinots are slightly cheaper and the quality of some of them have been on a paror surpassed those from Central Otago. Some our favourites from this year have been 2006 Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir, 2006 Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Marlborough Pinot Noir and the 2006 Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir.

        Overall though you've got a pretty safe bet buying Pinot from Central Otago. Our wine cellar still has a few of the best Pinots over the last few years unopened including Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2001, Mt Difficulty Central Otago Pinot Noir 2003 and 2005, Mud House Marlborough Black Swan Reserve Pinot Noir 2003, Fairhall Downs Marlborough Pinot Noir 2004 and Peregrine Pinot Noir 2004.

        The wineries we'd recommend visiting include Peregrine, Akarua, Mt. Difficulty and Chard Farm. Carrick Estate is also good if you want to have a great lunch as well but remember to book in advance.


        1. re: megandavid

          Thanks for the ideas, all. One more to add which suprised us - Logan 2007 Pinot Noir, from Orange of all places. A pretty handy light drop - slight frizz on opening but this settles quickly. There is also a 2006 but this seems to be more than twice the price and I have not yet tried it (though I very nearly got a case of it at the $16/bottle price of the 2007 instead of $37!)

      2. In NZ I second the rec's for Chard Farm and Mud House.

        If you are in the Melbourne area, we lived in Brighton, take a ride down the Mornington to Stonier in Mericks. You will not be disappointed with their Reserve product. In fact, Mericks Estate, next door to Stonier, will produce some delightful Shiraz. Unfortunately Mericks is only open one weekend each month. He may be open a bit more during this Holiday season.