Pinot Noir

The pinot noir category is always hotly contested and can be hotly debated amongst the judging panels.  A notoriously finicky grape, pinot noir can inspire love and disappointment in equal measure. While most of our examples came from North America or France it was lovely to see an Australian dark house take the win. A grape that thrives in the cooler wine-making regions, it shines in the cooler Mornington Peninsula of Australia as exemplified by our winner. Montalto has crafted an elegant and approachable offering that is an excellent expression of the warmer days and cool nights of the Mornington. Cherry, black tea, florals and spice can all be found in this pinot noir that is adaptable on the dinner table or equally enjoyable on its own. Margaux Burgess

BEST IN CLASS

Montalto 2016 Pennon Hill Pinot Noir
Mornington Peninsula,  Australia
$30-33 CSPC 794228

 

 

 

 

 

TOP VALUE

Undurraga 2016 “Sibaris” Gran Reserva Pinot Noir
Leyda Valley, Chile
$14-17 CSPC 761205

 

 

 

 

 

JUDGES SELECTION

Tiki Estate 2016 Waipara Pinot Noir
Waipara, New Zealand
$24-26 CSPC 794056

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy Goode 2016 Pinot Noir
California, United States
$19-23 CSPC 739674 (2017)

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